By Beverly A. Carroll
The superintendent search advisory committee interviewed the first three of six candidates vying for job Hamilton County Schools superintendent on Friday.
We had three good candidates and we asked a lot of questions, committee Chairman Tom Kinser said. Hiring a superintendent is a complex process. It involves education, politics, money, community and working with the business community.
Fridays candidates were Rick Smith, deputy superintendent of Hamilton County Schools; Charles Lindsey, Knox County Schools superintendent; and Jim Scales, deputy superintendent of Dallas (Texas) Independent School District.
The last three applicants will be interviewed today. They are:
* Bruce Harter, superintendent of Brandywine School District in Claymont, Del.
* Michael Martin, director of schools in Putnam County, Tenn.
* Steve Wilmoth, superintendent of schools in Liberty County, Ga.
The committee plans to select three finalists today to recommend to Hamilton
County Board of Education.
Board members will conduct interviews next Friday and Saturday, and hope to identify a finalist at the March 16 regular school board meeting.
Current Hamilton County Superintendent Jesse Register is leaving the position June 30 but will serve as a paid consultant through June 2007. He was hired to oversee the 1997 merger of the county school district with Chattanooga City Schools.
The meetings are open to the public and will be held at the school district central office at 6703 Bonny Oaks Drive.
The schedule is:
* Today: 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* March 10: 6-8 p.m.
* March 11: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.