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Meet - in person - the finalists for Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent

A public gathering is planned to introduce the final pool
Assisted by the Ray and Associates search firm, the Hillsborough County School Board is hiring a new superintendent.
Assisted by the Ray and Associates search firm, the Hillsborough County School Board is hiring a new superintendent. [ MARLENE SOKOL | Times staff ]
Published Jan. 9, 2020
Updated Jan. 10, 2020

TAMPA — After narrowing the field of superintendent candidates from the current field of seven, the Hillsborough County School District is inviting the public to meet those who remain. The consultant, Ray and Associates, has recommended that only two or three candidates be in the final group.

A meet-and-greet is planned Thursday evening, Jan. 16, at Rampello K-8 School, across the street from school district headquarters at 802 E Washington St.

“This is an opportunity for members of the public to meet the finalists for the position of Superintendent, who will lead the nation’s 7th largest school district,” says a notice from the district.

The 6:45 to 8 p.m. gathering will follow a day of interviews in the school board auditorium, which begins at 9 a.m. and is also open to the public. Only School Board members will be allowed to ask questions, and they will agree on a list to use for all applicants.

Competing for the job are: Alexis Cunningham, superintendent of the Salt Lake City Public Schools; Addison Davis, Superintendent in Clay County; Stephanie Elizalde, Chief of Schools for the Dallas Independent School District; Don Haddad, Superintendent of the St. Vrain Valley Schools in Colorado; Peter Licata, Regional Superintendent for the Palm Beach County Schools; James McIntyre, former superintendent of the Knox Valley Schools in Tennessee; and Harrison Peters, Chief of Schools in Hillsborough County.

Interviews with the finalists are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 21, at which time the board hopes to name a superintendent to replace the retiring Jeff Eakins.