Hamilton County school board narrows search for interim superintendent to 3 finalists

From left are Hamilton County School Board members Dr. Jonathan Welch, Superintendent Rick Smith, Donna Horn, Dr. Greg Martin and Joe Galloway.

The applicants who applied for the interim superintendent position:

- Kirk Kelly, acting superintendent and former assistant superintendent of testing and accountability for Hamilton County schools- Jill Levine, principal at Normal Park Museum Magnet School- Shaun Sadler, retired commanding officer with the United States Marine Corps- Robert Purifico, president and CEO of We R 3C Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit- Robert Christensen, retired associate professor at Oklahoma State University- Bobbie Floyd, leasing consultant at Steeplechase Apartments- Dwight Mayberry, program director at Mayberry Afterschool Learning Centers- Yashika Ward, property manager at the Chattanooga Housing Authority

School board members’ selections for interviews:

Donna Horn: Kelly, Levine and SadlerJoe Galloway: Kelly, Levine and MayberrySteve Highlander: Kelly, Mayberry and SadlerGreg Martin: Kelly, Purifico and SadlerKaritsa Mosley: Kelly, Levine and MayberryGeorge Ricks: Kelly and LevineDavid Testerman: KellyRhonda Thurman: Kelly, Mayberry, and SadlerJonathan Welch: Kelly, Levine and Sadler

Three candidates remain in the running to be the Hamilton County Department of Education's interim superintendent.