Finalists for school director to appear at forums

After the Board of Education selected three finalists for the Director of Schools position this morning, the specific date on which each candidate will return to participate in a second interview and community forum now has been determined.

Shawn Joseph will return on Tuesday, May 10, Allen Smith will return on Wednesday, May 11, and Jesus Jara will return on Thursday, May 12.

Each candidate will also spend the day prior to their interview touring the city and meeting various community members.

All members of the community, especially parents, students and teachers, are encouraged to attend one or more of the community forums.

The forums will take place on May 10-12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each night, following a morning interview session with the Board. During the forums, a panel of representatives will ask questions of the finalists directly and audience members will submit questions for use by the moderator. Citizens can also submit questions in advance online to the Tennessean.

A selection of these questions will be drawn at random each night for candidates to answer. Those who attend in person will be asked to provide feedback for the Board at the end of each forum.

Shawn Joseph, Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD), Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. – Maplewood High School, 401 Walton Lane, 37216

Allen Smith, Chief of Schools, Oakland Unified School District (CA), Wednesday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m. – Creswell Middle Prep School of the Arts, 3500 John Mallette Drive, 37218

Jesus Jara, Deputy Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools (FL) Thursday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. – Overton High School, 4820 Franklin Road, 37220