Columbia County’s next schools superintendent has been narrowed down to two candidates – who remain anonymous at this point.
Members of the superintendent search committee cut the list from four to two candidates Thursday during an open meeting at the Board of Education office.
By law, names of the candidates must remain private for their job security, said school board attorney Pete Fletcher.
After interviews, the finalists’ names will be announced.
The 14-member search committee has been meeting since September after current schools Superintendent Charles Nagle announced his retirement in July.
The group had initially reviewed 18 potential candidates and made their first cuts last week.
School system Human Resources Director Anthony Wright spent the past week screening and talking to the four candidates selected by the committee. He said they all spoke highly of the county’s schools.
“All of them are very interested, very complimentary,” he said.
The committee voted to drop two candidates from the finalist pool. One had twice been relieved of his job duties, while the other lived out of state and was also interested in another position elsewhere.
Of the two candidates that remain, one seems to be the front runner.
“I think of one of our candidates is so strong,” board Chairwoman Regina Buccafusco said.
The next step is for school board members to interview the two finalists, which is planned later this month.
The board hopes to choose the next superintendent by Dec. 18. The public must have 14 days to review the final two candidates before a decision is made.