The list of applicants for Oak Ridge superintendent has been narrowed down to five, and the Oak Ridge Board of Education will start interviewing candidates on Friday.
The five finalists are:
- Raymond Bandlow, who was most recently the superintendent of Fort Lee Public Schools in Fort Lee, N.J.;
- Dan Lawson, superintendent of Tullahoma City Schools in Tullahoma, Tenn.;
- Kenneth Sorrick, former superintendent of North Palos School District in Palos Hills, Ill.;
- Neyland Clark, superintendent of South Harrison Community Schools in Corydon, Ind.; and
- Roger Collins, superintendent of Nelson County Public Schools in Lovingston, Va.
Oak Ridge Board of Education Chair Keys Fillauer said search firm Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, contacted 205 prospective candidates in 42 states. Fifty-five candidates completed the full application process, and Ray and Associates picked the Top 10.
One of the Top 10 candidates withdrew before a Tuesday BOE work session with the search firm, leaving nine semi-finalists, Fillauer said. The school board pared down the list to five.
“We were extremely pleased,” Fillauer said. “We were very excited about the quality of the individuals.”
Here is the interview schedule:
- Friday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel on South Illinois Avenue;
- Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Oak Ridge School Administration Building; and
- Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 8 a.m. to noon, also at the Oak Ridge School Administration Building.
Fillauer said the job has a negotiable salary range of $140,000 to $150,000.
The superintendent will oversee a school district of more than 4,000 students.
Tom Bailey, the current superintendent, is retiring at the end of the year. He has been superintendent since 2002.
The Oak Ridge Board of Education picked Ray and Associates to lead the search in June.