MIAMI, April 21 (UPI) -- The search for a new school superintendent in Miami-Dade County, Fla., has reached into New York, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The search is suddenly on a fast track and the selection could be made as soon as Wednesday's school board meeting, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday. Final interviews begin Friday to replace Superintendent Merrett Stierheim, whose contract is expiring.
The candidates were chosen from a pool of about 70 applicants who applied to head the nation's fourth largest school system.
They are Rudy Crew, former chancellor of the New York school system; Pedro Garcia, superintendent of Nashville Public Schools; John Murphy, former superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenberg, N.C., schools, and Eric Smith, superintendent of schools in Anne Arundel County, Md.
"If the School Board chooses one of these candidates, I will be a happy person," said Modesto "Mitch" Maidique, president of Florida International University and chairman of the search committee.