Justin Robertson interviews for Hamilton County Schools superintendent position

Staff file photo / Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts junior MaCia Rudolph, left, and her mom Gloria speak with Hamilton County Schools Chief Operations Officer Justin Robertson, right, during a community forum at Tyner Academy in 2020. On Tuesday, Robertson was the third finalist to interview for the district's superintendent opening.

Justin Robertson, interim deputy superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, on Tuesday was the last of three superintendent finalists to interview for the position, and the school board plans to vote on the district's next leader at its regularly scheduled meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Robertson, a 13-year veteran of the district, is the only internal candidate for the position.

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When asked how his history in the district made him the best candidate for the job, Robertson said the advantages he has include his familiarity with people in the district and its strategic plan. One drawback is that while people may think he has been successful in his behind-the-scenes role as chief operations officer, they may question his ability to take the helm and move the district forward, he said.

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