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Five to be interviewed for superintendent

By By SHERRY DIGMON
Advance Staff Writer
The Escambia County Ala. Board of Education will interview five candidates this week to fill the superintendent of education position.
Six candidates were being considered but Dr. Randall Keith Little of Brewton withdrew his name as a candidate, according to board attorney Broox Garrett Jr.
The interviews are open to the public. According to Garrett, questions will asked by the board only.
Board members will have a suggested format of questions formulated by the consultants who assisted in the superintendent search. However, Garrett said, the questions are not a scrip and each board member will have the opportunity to ask other questions. Garrett said they will try to be somewhat consistent with the interviews.
Current Superintendent of Education Dr. Margaret Breland-Bradley and Garrett released the following schedule:
Monday, Aug. 7
Phillip Ellis – 4:30-6 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 8
Melvin F. Powell – 4:30-6 p.m.
Dan Bloom – 7-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 10
Robert Ellis Dunbar – 4:30-6 p.m.
James Kemp – 7-8:30 p.m.
Dr. Little's interview was scheduled to be held Monday evening.
Ellis, of Brewton, is currently the principal at W.S. Neal High School, a position he has held since 1989.
Powell, of Atmore, has served as an assistant principal and is currently the principal at Rachel Patterson Elementary School.
Dr. Bloom, of Eudora, Kan., has served as a principal for two high schools and as a school superintendent.
Dr. Dunbar, of Conyers, Ga., has served as principal at three schools and as a school superintendent.
Dr. Kemp, of Union, Ky., has served as superintendent for systems in Texas and Arkansas and is currently the superintendent in Covington, Ky.
All interviews will be held at W.S. Neal High School in East Brewton. Garrett said Thursday's interviews may have to be moved to the W.S. Neal Library due to a conflict.
Other board meetings scheduled for August include:
n the first 2000-2001 budget hearing for public input, Friday, Aug. 11, 4 p.m., at the Central Office in Brewton.
n the second budget hearing for public input, Monday, Aug. 14, 4 p.m. at the Central Office in Brewton, followed by a special session meeting at 4:30 p.m., to approve the budget.
n the regular board meeting Thursday, Aug. 24, 4 p.m. at the new Escambia County Middle School, 1565 Highway 21, Atmore.