Hundreds show interest in Durham superintendent job

May. 23, 2014 @ 03:37 PM

The search for a new Durham Public Schools superintendent drew interest from 314 people from 48 states.

Of those, 98 from 28 states went so far as to complete the application package.

The Board of Education got a first look at the leading candidates on Wednesday during a meeting with Iowa-based Ray & Associates, the firm hired to conduct the superintendent search.

Board Chairwoman Heidi Carter said the firm already culled the list of 98, focusing on applicants who best fit the profile established last month during meetings with the board, staff and community members.   

From those applicants, Carter said, the board winnowed the list to a number she declined to share on the advice of Ray & Associates.

The board will interview semi-finalists next Thursday and Friday.

“I’m very excited about the quality of our semi-finalists,” Carter said. “I’m confident there are good matches for Durham in this group. We’re going forward very hopeful.”

The board will be joined in those interviews by three newly elected members who will serve in an advisory role.

By the end of June, the board hopes to name a new superintendent.