JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thirty people have applied to be the next superintendent of Duval County Public Schools. Their applications were due midnight Monday.
It's promising news for teachers who have concerns that the clock is ticking down towards the new school year. With Ed Pratt-Dannals leaving in December, teachers like Kathleen Reimer are concerned whether the board is giving themselves enough time.
"I just hope they really think about and look at all those qualities and don't make a decision just because there's a vacancy and it needs to be filled," said Reimer.
But the district took another step towards a decision Tuesday by collecting a total of 30 applications. Now a superintendent search firm has a lot of homework.
"They'll look at those, bring them to the board and then the board will narrow down the applicants," said Jill Johnson, spokesperson for Duval County Public Schools.
So far we know that three of the applicants are familiar faces, including former Ribault High School principal James Young. Two other candidates are already employed by the district, including academic officer Kathryn LeRoy and Chief operating officer Doug Ayars.
The remaining candidates are from all over the world.
"I believe they're from Abu Dhabi," said Jill Johnson, so there is definitely out of country folks that have showed interest in the school system as well."Click here to find out more information
about the superintendent candidates.