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Committee prepares to meet superintendent candidates

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Schools superintendent search committee met Thursday to prepare to meet the candidates for superintendent during interviews next week.

The four candidates for superintendent ofwill grilled for an hour each by the search committee.  Thursday, the committee brain-stormed which questions to ask each of the candidates, in order to find what each of them is made of.
"Certainly you can talk about the things they value most in their life," board chairman David Pickler said.

Board member Mike Wissman hoped to get a hint at how the new school district leader might restructure things.
"Memphis City had a complete reorganization of the administration, and I would really hate to see that here," he said. "I'm not saying it wouldn't be there choice, but would want to know their philosophy on it."

Anne Edminston still remembers a question that showed her a lot about current Superintendent Doctor Bobby Webb in his interview.

"'What person has really influenced you in your life?'  It was interesting because some candidates said their parent or their spouse," she said, adding Webb answered, "A student who had cancer."

The four candidates are:

  • John Aitken, acting superintendent of Shelby County Schools and former principal of Houston High School in Shelby County.
  • Carla Franklin, principal of Hawkins Mill Elementary School in Memphis.
  • Tim Setterlund, principal of Collierville High School.
  • Rebecca Sharber, former superintendent of Williamson County Schools.

The new superintendent will likely be offered a four year contract.  The interviews will happen between 9:30 and 3:00 Wednesday.

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