COVINGTON -- A Newton County School System deputy superintendent is one of 30 who applied for a superintendent job in Florida.
Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville announced last week that 30 people, including Dr. Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent for Operations at NCSS, applied for its open position, according to the system's website.
Carpenter submitted an application dated July 17 to McPherson & Jacobson LLC, a Nebraska-based consulting firm handling the search, according to the superintendent search website.
"As a proponent and product of public education ... I would embrace the opportunity to serve as the ultimate advocate for the public school students of Duval County," Carpenter said in his application, which is posted on the site. "I would relish the opportunity to assume the moral responsibility associated with being the primary custodian of the educational well-being of each and every student enrolled.
"My previous working relationships with excellent leaders/mentors, combined with my persona, collaborative leadership skills, professional experiences, awards, professional and community memberships, professional development activities, writing and presentations have provided me with the experience and prior knowledge needed to be a strong candidate for this position," his application states. "Having held every position from paraprofessional to Deputy Superintendent, I have a very in-depth understanding of those micro and macro issues that are prevalent in any school system."
On his resume, Carpenter lists his deputy superintendent position, as well as an adjunct online professorship for Grand Canyon University, as his current employment.
Other applicants come from Florida, the Southeast and several other states around the country.
The Jacksonville system operates 183 schools and serves approximately 125,000 students, compared to about 19,000 in Newton County.
The school board is scheduled to review the applications Aug. 16. The board didn't announce a timeline for choosing finalists or a superintendent.
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.
Carpenter would not provide a comment on Monday.
He is the husband of Dr. LaQuanda Carpenter, the principal at Alcovy High School.