Do it right
To launch their marathon interview session this afternoon, State Board of Education members stressed that they want maximum flexibility in deciding how to make the short list for education commissioner shorter. Maybe they'll move four names forward, they said, and maybe they'll like one candidate so much they'll offer the job right away.
And maybe, they'll try again.
"This is really the first time we've heard, seen and touched the applicants. I read some stuff and it sounded good," but it might not be the same in person, chairman T. Willard Fair (left) said. "If we have to take some additional time to do it right, let's take it. We ought not to rush. ... This is the most important decision we have to make."
The board is scheduled to meet 45 minutes to an hour with each of the seven hopefuls, with the final interview slated to end around 9:30 p.m. They're going in alphabetical order, and the meetings are open to the public, if you want to stick your head in. They're in the Hillsborough Ballroom West of the Tampa Airport Marriott, where the board also will have its regular monthly meeting at 8 a.m. tomorrow.
To see profiles of each of the candidates, click here.
- Ron Matus and Jeff Solochek