Twenty-four candidates have applied for the director's post with Cleveland City Schools

Martin Ringstaff
photo Martin Ringstaff
In February, the city board of education fired then-Director Martin Ringstaff due to "behavior unbecoming" following revelations that he exchanged sexually explicit social media message with a woman other than his wife. After terminating Ringstaff's employment, the board hired the Tennessee School Boards Association to conduct a search on behalf of the school system.

"The posting is now closed so there will be no further updates to this list," said Katie Hock, director of communications and member services for TSBA, in an email.

The city school board will consider candidates recommended by TSBA on May 2 and has announced plans to have a new director selected by mid-June.


]Dr. John E. Ash, principal, Central Magnet School, Rutherford County, Tenn. Christopher Ballenger, superintendent, Jennings Public School, Jennings, Okla. Dr. Joel Barnes, principal, Blythe-Bower Elementary School, Cleveland City Schools, Tenn. Dr. Daniel V. Brigman, superintendent, Catawba County, N.C. William Shane Cassida, curriculum and instruction director, Yancey County, N.C. Dr. William E. Childers, former interim director of schools, Grundy County, Tenn. Dr. Frederick Clarke, executive transformation office (assistant superintendent), East St. Louis School District, St. Louis, Ill. Dr. Russell Dyer, chief of staff, Collierville City Schools, Shelby County, Tenn. Jeffrey B. Elliott, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, Cleveland City Schools, Cleveland, Tenn. Dr. Elizabeth Ferreira-Alves, assistant superintendent/chief academic officer, Knox County, Knoxville, Tenn. Christopher W. Hammill, vice president of school operations, AdvancePath Academics, Michigan. Dr. Sharon Harper, executive director, Southeast CORE, Tennessee Department of Education James Herrholtz, deputy superintendent, Mahoning County ESC, Tenn. Dr. Susan Moore, chief academic officer, Education One LLC, Louisiana. Jason Newman, principal, Parkview Learning Center, Jackson, Tenn. Dr. Christopher Randolph Quinn, director of instruction, Stafford County, Va. Dr. David Robinson, School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville, Asheville City Schools, N.C. Dr. Richard Rundhaug, Express Employment Professionals, Ariz. Dr. Gwendolyn Shannon, superintendent, East Jasper School District, Heidelberg, Miss. Dr. Michael Steele, executive principal, Stratford STEM Magnet High School, Davidson County, Tenn. Dr. Delarious Stewart, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment (Chief academic officer), La. Dr. Yolanda Turner, superintendent, Calhoun County, Ga. Dr. Sherrod Willaford, substitute principal, North Springs Charter High School, Fulton County Schools, Ga. Dr. James E. Winbush, associate superintendent, Charleston County, S.C.