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Superintendent search aims for best candidates, cost fairness

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Superintendent Search Committee Chairman Chris Caldwell Superintendent Search Committee Chairman Chris Caldwell
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC_TV) For some time, many people have heard the search would cost $1 million dollars, now it looks like it will be tens of thousands of dollars.

"I think it meant we're going to have a transparent and fair process," said Superintendent Search Committee Chairman Chris Caldwell.

Still some in the community have angst board members are just going through the motions to  ultimately select current Shelby County Superintendent John Aitken.

The board recently voted to let Memphis Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash's contract expire next August.

"Both superintendents have the opportunity to submit their names if they want the position," said Caldwell.

Commissioners on both sides of the issue said a full search must take its course to smooth out school merger tensions.

"Even though it's a national search, there's a very good chance we would find somebody that can do the job," said Caldwell.

Caldwell said the spirit of unity during this process is critical, no matter who is chosen.

"To get the best candidates, we have to create an environment where they feel like they can be successful," said Caldwell.

Caldwell gave a ballpark figure for the cost of fairness, somewhere in the area between $40,000 to $100,000.

The board will vet 20 candidates over 20 weeks.

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