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Shelby Co. supt. candidates meet school board

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Members of the Shelby County school board listened to four candidates Wednesday competing to succeed Bobby Webb as superintendent of the county's school district.

First up was Carla Franklin, the principal at Hawkins Mill Elementary School.  Franklin, a native Memphian, emphasized her commitment to work hard.

"I don't shy away from anything that may appear difficult," she said.

John Aitken, SCS's assistant superintendent, showed both humor and sensitivity in his interview, even at the same time.

"Gosh, this is going to be hard," he when asked about the person who influenced him the most. "Can we turn the camera off? 

He later named Kaitlen Atwell, a student and cancer survivor as that person.

Cancer came up again in during Tim Setterland's interview.  Setterland, the principal at Collierville High School, said the disease itself was his greatest influencer.

"Nothing more gets your attention more and I hope you never have to hear the words of a doctor looking at you and saying you have cancer," he said.

Setterland said he missed 10 days of work during his cancer treatments, and now has a clean bill of health.

The final candidate interviewed was Rebecca Sharber, former superintendent of Williamson County Schools, and the only candidate with long-term experience as a superintendent.

"I've presented 13 budges to a county commission," she said. "I've stood in front of them for 10 meetings a year for 13 years."

School board members will decide who will be the new superintendent at a meeting tomorrow at 1pm.  The new superintendent will take office later this summer.

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