ABERDEEN – Members of the Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) met in executive session with the Aberdeen School Board May 1 to present the list of applicants for the Aberdeen School District superintendent’s position ahead of its July 1 return to local control.

According to a news release from the school district, there are 14 applicants for the position. Among the applicants are a superintendent, a former superintendent, four assistant superintendents, two federal programs directors, a human resource specialist, four school principals and a chief executive officer. Nine of the applicants hold doctorate degrees. Six applicants are female applicants, and eight are male applicants.

On Feb. 9, stakeholders and professional staff of the ASD were given opportunities to verbally submit input on what qualities they’d like to see in the new superintendent, and surveys were distributed that day as well.

MSBA Executive Director Dr. Mike Waldrop sent an email to 2,534 people on the organization’s mailing list announcing the search and requested assistance in publicizing it. Personal letters, emails and telephone calls from MSBA representatives followed in the process before the April 5 deadline to apply.

The applicants, not previously interviewed, went through the interview process at the MSBA offices in Clinton following review of search criteria, and follow-ups on their list of references were made. Waldrop, along with MSBA representatives, Denotris Jackson and Dr. Harold Fisher, presented a full detailed report of the list of applicants for the school board to review.

According to ASD Conservator Mac Curlee, the board will exercise to the fullest extent its advisory role during the selection process of the next superintendent.

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