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School board may select superintendent Tuesday

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education may select its new superintendent Tuesday.

The school board is scheduled to vote on a new superintendent, who would replace retiring Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews on July 1, at its monthly work session.

The board is expected to choose from three finalists.

On April 9, the school board selected the three from more than 30 applications received earlier this year -- internal candidate Samantha Marie Fuhrey, deputy superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for NCSS since March 2012; Samuel Paul Light, superintendent of the Illini Bluffs Community Unit School District #327 in Glasford, Ill., since 2008; and Noris Felicia Price, deputy superintendent for the Clarke County School District in Athens, a position she has held for eight months.

Legally, the board had to wait at least 14 days before voting on a candidate.

Additionally, Mathews said he plans to recommend to the board a new director of Research, Testing & Evaluation on Tuesday.

NCSS received 52 applications for the director position, according to Nyree Sanders, director of Human Resources for NCSS.

Current director, Carl Skinner, plans to leave at the end of the school year to work as deputy superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Mo., where former Deputy Superintendent for Operations at NCSS Dennis Carpenter will begin as superintendent July 1.

A candidate for principal of Alcovy High School also could be forthcoming later this spring.

The posting for the open AHS principal position closed Wednesday at midnight, with 49 applications. The position originally was open in March, but Mathews reposted the position, saying he was not happy with the 13 who applied at the time.

Mathews said Wednesday that system officials plan to screen applications Friday and likely will interview candidates in the coming week.

The position was left vacant by LaQuanda Carpenter, who was principal at Alcovy High School since 2009. She and her husband, Dr. Dennis Carpenter, requested to be released early from their contracts in February, after he accepted the Missouri superintendent position. The school board paid them nearly $70,000 in salaries and health insurance premiums as part of a settlement agreement.

Vic Lee, who retired in June as principal of Liberty Middle School, is serving as part-time acting principal of Alcovy High.

The board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday for its monthly work session in the board room at the Newton County BOE building, which is at 2109 Newton Drive NE in Covington. It also will meet at 7 p.m. May 21 in the same location for its monthly meeting.