Monday, August 20, 2012
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COVINGTON -- A Newton County School System deputy superintendent isn't one of the finalists for a superintendent job in Florida.
Last week, the school board for Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville announced five finalists for superintendent. Originally, 30 people applied for the position, including Dr. Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent for Operations at NCSS.
The finalists selected were Kriner Cash from Memphis, Tenn.; Kathryn LeRoy in Duval schools; William Miller from Michigan; Dale Robbins, who is retired from Gwinnett County Public Schools; and Nikolai Vitti from Miami-Dade, Fla.
Carpenter submitted an application dated July 17 to McPherson & Jacobson LLC, a Nebraska-based consulting firm handling the search.
The Jacksonville system operates 183 schools and serves approximately 125,000 students, compared to about 19,000 students in Newton County.
Earlier this year, Carpenter was one of two finalists for a superintendent position in Mississippi; last year, he was one of three finalists for a superintendent position in Peach County.
He has been with NCSS since February 2008, when he was hired as associate superintendent for Human Resources.