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Russell School Board considering renewed search for superintendent

The Russell County school board is considering re-opening the search for a superintendent.

The board will vote on a recommendation from interim superintendent Lillian Baker at their board meeting on Tuesday, suggesting that the board re-open the search, determine a time frame for the new search and decide whether to hire a consultant to help with the search.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Russell County High School.

During a July 10 work session, the board named three finalists for the position — Jewell Henderson, Florence Reynolds and Maryann Hidle — but has since stalled the search so more information could be gathered on the candidates' qualifications.

One of the candidates listed misleading information on her resume.

Reynolds, from Lithonia, Ga. listed on her resume and application that she was employed as superintendent of Hancock County Schools in Sparta, Ga., from July 2003 until 2006. However, Hancock County School Board meeting minutes state that Reynolds' contract was approved on July 6, 2004. Reynolds' resignation due to health reasons became effective Dec. 14, 2005.

Henderson, of Montgomery, Ala., is self-employed at C & J Enterprises, a business she owns with her husband that does consultant work for school districts. She was an assistant professor at Auburn University's School of Education until May.

Hidle, of Slocumb, Ala., is a regional instructor for the Alabama Reading Initiative.

The chosen superintendent candidate will fill the post vacated by Vivian Carter's death in June and will oversee a school system educating 3,698 students at eight schools: five elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one alternative learning center. The system has a budget of $31.8 million and employs 481 people.

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