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Final 4 set to interview for Benton district superintendent

February 8, 2012

The four finalists for superintendent of the Benton School District are scheduled for interviews with the school board Monday, Feb. 13.
If the board can meet its optimum goal, a decision on the district's chief administrator could be made Monday night, according to Jeff Morrow, board president.
Morrow said the interviews are to be held in the recently renovated high school library facility that now is serving as a district professional development center.
The interviews will begin at 2 p.m. and will take place every two hours, Morrow said.
The order for the interviews will be:
•Jeff Collum of Longview, Texas. Collum currently serves as executive director of secondary education of Tyler ISD, which includes oversight for two 5A high schools, six middle schools, an athletic department, career and technology education and university initiatives.
•Bradley G. Reed, director of student services of the Bentonville School District.
•Larry E. Smith, superintendent of the White Hall School District.
•Dan Jordan, acting superintendent of the Benton School District.
All of those interviews will be conducted in executive session.
Once the board makes its choice, a contract must be agreed upon before the decision can be made public, Morrow said.
The public vote on the superintendent could take place Monday night, following the final interviews, Morrow noted.
"If we can't agree on a contract, we may have to go to the next choice and then start the negotiations with that individual," he said.
In a recent meeting, the board settled on the finalists.
Nineteen persons applied for the position.
Initially, the board narrowed the list to eight, then chose three of those and added a fourth that had not been in that original field of eight.
Dr. Tony Prothro has served as consultant to the board since the superintendent search officially began. Though he is the current superintendent of record for the district, Prothro is not conducting the day-to-day duties of that position. These responsibilities are still being handled by Jordan, who was made acting superintendent at the time Prothro was suspended last April.
When Prothro's suspension was lifted in November, he moved into a consulting capacity.

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