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The Monroe superintendent search takes a step back

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe city school workers along with business leaders are helping board members choose a superintendent.

"We really want to make sure we get this right," Screening committee Co-Chair Jennifer Haneline said.

Haneline says all eyes in the district are on the group of 19, who are sending up to five superintendent hopefuls for the board's approval.

"We're looking at how we're going to evaluate them and making sure that it's fair and honest and that'll get us to the qualities we want," Haneline said.

Last year, former Superintendent Kathleen Harris and the school board agreed to part ways but it came with a price to pay. The school leaders coughed up more than $100,000 in a settlement deal with Harris. Derenda Flowers is sitting as the interim superintendent.

"What I do know is this time, we're going to try and get it right," Committee Chair Sandie Lollie said.

Lollie says the group is in place in hopes of bringing in a school leader who won't get the boot so soon and Haneline agrees with that.

"We need someone to come in with an era of communicating," Haneline said.

Moving forward, the group is hoping to change up the current scoring sheet when it comes to rating each application. Group leaders say they may alter the timeline of seating a new superintendent because of this hick-up.

Another small hick-up Tuesday night, the group didn't have the final version of the board approved scoring sheet. They're getting it e-mailed to them, after the meeting, so they can suggest changes.

They'll meet again next Monday at 4:30 p.m.

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