Superintendent search moves forward

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KNOX COUNTY (WVLT) The search for a new school superintendent moves forward in Knox County.

Today, one of the three finalists met with community leaders, and one-on-one with school board members.

Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt and has more.

Bob Thomas has spent the last 35 years working with the old Knoxville City schools and in Knox County.

Still, with only three candidates left, the people making the decision say they need to take a closer look.

Who will take the take the final step into the Knox County School Superintendent's office?

Board members hope these three days help bring that into focus.

Sam Anderson says, "we've got three people that could run the school system and do a very good job and there were a couple that we did not choose that could probably do a good job with the system."

The three include Bob Thomas, who's the current Knox County assistant superintendent.

The only local finalist met with local leaders and school staff today, before one-on-ones with school board members behind closed doors.

Over the next couple of days, the other finalists will do the same.

Brian Binggeli is the assistant superintendent in Fairfax, Virginia.

James McIntyre is the chief operating officer with the Boston Public Schools in Massachusetts.

All three will also meet with the public this week.

How they respond is very important to the people doing the hiring."

Indya Kincannon says, "one of the chief roles that the superintendent has is to engage the community and our public schools, that they know what's going on, that they listen to the public and we want a superintendent who's really skilled in that area too."

Thomas is already talking about the importance of the community.

Bob Thomas says, "it seems there's a lot of people who are ready at this point to help us, to help the school system with our mission to increase student achievement."

If you live in Knox County and want to meet with the finalists you'll get your chance this week.

Mcintyre will be in the board room at the Andrew Johnson building on Gay Street tomorrow at 5:30, with Thomas to follow at 6:30.

Bingelli will be there Friday afternoon from 1 to 2 P.M.

The board expects to announce its decision March 24.

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