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Final superintendent candidate set to interview Monday

Memphis City school board commissioners say there is still hope after two of the five superintendent candidates withdrew their names from consideration.

Dr. James Williams, superintendent of Buffalo, New York, dropped out Friday because his board wants him to stay.

"A lot of times you have people who will try to use potential job offers as leverage to their current employers," said MCS board commissioner Martavius Jones.

Dr. Tiffany Anderson, superintendent of Montgomery County, Virginia, withdrew a day earlier because several local board members are up for election in November.

"Coming from Virginia, she may have been in an environment where she's used to an appointed school board. But that's not what we have here," said Jones.

School board members have already interviewed Miami-Dade superintendent, Dr. Kriner Cash, considered a strong candidate.

They've also interviewed Dr. Yvonne Brandon, deputy superintendent of Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Nicholas Gledich, administrator of Orange County Public Schools in Florida, is set to interview Monday.

If none of the candidates pan out, many wonder if the board will reconsider Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, who expressed interest early on.

"I think at this point anything is on the table," said MCS Board Commissioner Stephanie Gatewood. "If we lose hope, we lose everything. So we certainly can't lose hope in this process."

The deadline to choose a new superintendent is June 30, but the board could make a decision Monday afternoon.

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