JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- The School Board has spoken; they've selected five finalists in their search for Duval's next Superintendent. But the current board as it stands today will not be doing business with their future pick. The new superintendent will be working with a new board still to be elected, and some of those candidates say they feel left out of the process.
"I feel out of the loop, very out of the loop," said District 7 candidate, Jason Fischer.
Fischer feels his opinion hasn't been heard. He's frustrated with the selection process and says it should be put off.
"I think they should have waited and let the new school board decide on who the candidates are going to be in the whole process," said Fischer.
Other candidates say the selection needs to made sooner rather than later, even if it means they aren't fully involved. With Ed Pratt-Dannals done in December time is running out.
"I don't think our children, our school district can wait," said District 3 candidate Suzanne Jenkins. "If we didn't have a good crop of candidates maybe I would feel we should wait but I'm excited about the candidates and I'm excited about the process. I think everybody's voice was heard."
The next step in the search will take place on August 27th, when the current board will meet one on one with the final five picks. The new board candidates have been asked to submit questions to current board members.