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Board of Education selects four finalists for next Director of Schools

 

By JAMES EVANS
Rutherford County Schools

The Rutherford County Board of Education has selected four candidates to be considered as the next director of Rutherford County Schools.

Interviews with the candidates will begin March 8 and will run through March 21. 

The four finalists selected by the Board of Education are:

  • William Spurlock, principal, Oakland High School, Murfreesboro (Interview March 8)
  • Dr. John E. Ash, principal, Central Magnet School, Murfreesboro (Interview March 14)
  • Richard Zago Jr., assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Rutherford County Schools (Interview March 19)
  • Dr. Anne G. Garrett, former superintendent, Haywood County Schools, Waynesville, North Carolina, (Interview March 21)

Fifteen candidates submitted applications to be considered as the next director. 

The School Board hired the Tennessee School Boards Association to help facilitate the search process. The deadline for submissions was Feb. 23. The TSBA used a screening committee to review the list of applicants and recommended the four finalists. 

The School Board made the final decision on the interview candidates. The TSBA’s role was only for advisory purposes based on the qualifications the School Board adopted for candidates.  

The School Board have a dinner with each candidate beginning at 5 p.m. with the interview following at 6 p.m.  

Each candidate will be asked the same questions and will be provided the questions before the interview. The School Board has agreed to ask a total of 14 questions, with each School Board member asking two questions.  

As with all School Board meetings, the interviews will be open to the public, will be streamed live on YouTube and broadcast on a tape delay via Comcast Channel 19. The YouTube streams are also archived online

The dates and times of all School Board meetings are available here: www.rcschools.net

Current Director Don Odom has submitted his intent to retire effective June 30, 2018. Odom has worked as an educator in Rutherford County for 50 years and has served as director since 2012.