Hamilton County school board members discuss interview process for superintendent search firm

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The Hamilton County Board of Education hosted its first meeting Thursday with its three newly elected members.

School board member Greg Martin gave a quick welcome to new members Tiffanie Robinson, Kathy Lennon and Joe Wingate as the board began a discussion about how it plans to interview three superintendent search firms on Tuesday.

Months ago, the board decided to interview Coleman Lew and Associates Inc., McPherson & Jacobson LLC, and the Tennessee School Boards Association for the job of helping select the district's next leader.

Board members expect to first interview the TSBA, which had the least expensive bid.

The other two firms' bids are higher, but their proposals detail more experience with large and national searches. Proposals ranged from about $30,000 to $60,000.

Scott Bennett, the board's attorney, suggested board members each submit questions to him by noon Monday that they want to ask the firms, saying he will make sure no questions are duplicated and then he will put them in categories and send them back to the board for review.