Three new candidates apply on final day to become Hamilton County's interim superintendent

The Hamilton County Department of Education is seen in this file photo.
The Hamilton County Department of Education is seen in this file photo.

Three more people threw in their names Friday to become Hamilton County's next interim schools superintendent.

A trio of nonprofit leaders - two local, one from New Jersey - tossed their resumes into the hat on the last day to be considered.

They join Shaun Sadler, a retired commanding officer with the United States Marine Corps and graduate of Hixson High School. He was the only candidate remaining after John Cosgrove, the founder and CEO of Leadership Workership, withdrew his name.

On Monday, the Hamilton County School Board will vote to fire Superintendent Rick Smith, buy out his contract, or do nothing.

Until then, here's a look at the newest candidates, according to their resumes:

Robert Purifico, of New Jersey, headed a nonprofit that encourages community involvement in solving issues of school bullying. He has worked as a consultant and conducted literacy reviews in low-income urban schools in Georgia and Massachusetts.

Helen "Miranda" Perez, a graduate of Kennesaw State University, founded the Ooltewah Harrison Education Foundation, a nonprofit that strives to provide resources and developmental tools to area schools.

Jerry D. Jensen was the chief operating officer of the Siskin Children's Institute from 2005-12. Under his leadership, the institute opened a second Early Learning Center on Gunbarrel Road.

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