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Phenix City narrows down search for superintendent

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

Hoping to narrow down a short list of candidates to interview, members of the Phenix City School Board met Friday, May 9, to discuss where they are in their search for a new superintendent.

Sydney Smith, the Phenix City Board of Education's attorney, said in the meeting, "We asked, Mr. Baker had asked that you come prepared to select the top two of your candidates."

In November, the school board voted to buy out then superintendent Dr. Larry DiChiara. Rod Hinton has been serving as the Interim Superintendent since shortly after.

At the meeting, Smith handed each board member a ranking sheet assigning each candidate a number for discussion, and asked each to choose their top picks.

"Y'all may decide you want to interview three or four depending on how the folks fall," Smith adds.

Shortly after, the board voted to go into executive session to discuss the "good name and character of each candidate." After more than 45 minutes, the decision was made.

"We have a list of the individuals whom the board wishes to interview," Smith said. "And, at this point, I will call each of those individuals to make sure that they're still interested in the job and if they are, then to schedule an interview."

At this time, Smith says neither the number of candidates selected nor their names can be released. Once contact has been made with each one, and interview dates are set, more information will be released.

Smith also tells News Leader Nine that each candidate's interview will be open to the public.

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