During a Monday meeting, the Oak Ridge Board of Education could ask former school superintendent Robert J. Smallridge to serve as interim superintendent.
Tom Bailey, the most recent superintendent, retired at the end of the year, and the school board has not hired a replacement.
During a special 6 p.m. meeting Monday, the board is expected to discuss the superintendent search, which started last summer. With the help of executive search firm Ray and Associates, the board had narrowed down the list of candidates to five finalists, but four withdrew from the search, and the board did not intend to invite the fifth candidate back to Oak Ridge for a tour and meetings with local leaders.
Monday’s special meeting precedes the regular 7 p.m. meeting at the School Administration Building on New York Avenue. The board will consider hiring Smallridge during the regular meeting.