Laurel close to choosing new school superintendent

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel School Board has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to six candidates.

At least four of the candidates have ties to Laurel and Jones county.

The Interviews will be held at the Gardiner Administrative Building, which is located at 303 West 8th Street, Laurel. Interview questions should be mailed to Attorney Richard L. Yoder at P.O. Box 106, Laurel, MS 39441-0106 or emailed to Anonymous questions will not be accepted.  The deadline for questions is Thursday, June 3rd  at 5pm.

The Interview Schedule is as follows:

Date                Time                Candidate                   Place of Residence      Present Position

June 7              4:30 p.m.         Carl Michael Day         Laurel, MS                   Principal, Laurel High                                                                                                                          School, Laurel School                                                                                                                          District

June 7              6:00 p.m.         Dr. Rhonda Rowland   Chatsworth, GA           Asst. Principal, Dalton                                                                                                                                     Public Schools, Dalton,                                                                                                                                    GA

June 8              3:30 p.m.         Dr. James Loftin          Brookhaven, MS          Classroom Teacher,                                                                                                                             Copiah County School                                                                                                                                     District, Hazlehurst, MS

June 8              4:30 p.m.         Dr. John Harper                       Laurel, MS                   Deputy Superintendent,                                                                                                                                   Laurel School District

June 10                        4:30 p.m.         Dr. Chuck Benigno                  Laurel, MS                   Director of School                                                                                                                               Improvement, Jones                                                                                                                            County School District

June 10                        6:00 p.m.         Dr. Stanley K. Ellis      Germantown, TN         Principal, Benton                                                                                                                                 County School District,                                                                                                                                    Ashland, MS

For more information contact Board President Miranda Beard at 601-450-8321 or Board Vice President Mike Axton at 601-649-2321.

Officials say individual interviews will begin the second week in June and will be open to the public. The new superintendent will replace Glen McGee who is retiring at the end of June.