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School board receives 24 applications for superintendent’s job


The Alamance-Burlington school board has received 24 applications for its vacant superintendent’s position.

School board vice chairman Patsy Simpson said Monday night that ABSS initially received 26 applications for the position but two applicants have withdrawn their names after receiving other job offers. Simpson’s fellow board members tapped her earlier this year to serve as the liaison between the board and the firm conducting the search, BWP & Associates.

Meanwhile, school board members met two hours in closed session, prior to their regularly-scheduled meeting, to review and discuss the applications. They have scheduled a similar special-called meeting again next week to review the applications in closed session.

Simpson said that the board is hoping to have a new superintendent in place no later than July 1.

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Meanwhile, the board voted 7-0 in December to bring back former ABSS superintendent Dr. James (“Jim”) Merrill to serve as the interim superintendent while the search for a permanent superintendent is being conducted.

Merrill retired as superintendent of Wake County public school system in 2018 but has since served as an interim superintendent for Wayne County schools, in addition to being a partner in an education consulting firm.

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