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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The superintendent screening committee is wrapping up its work to help find a new superintendent for Monroe city schools. This after former leader Kathleen Harris and the school board agreed to part ways last summer after a more than $100,000.00 dollar settlement deal. The committee has spent weeks going over applications and reviewing all 19 candidates. Now the applicant list is narrowed down to 10 people.

But now at least one school board member is saying mistakes were made in the process and as a result, the groups final recommendations may not be followed.

The superintendent search screening committee is made up of 20 people representing each corner of the Monroe City School District along with a few community members. Co-Chair Jennifer Haneline says the group has volunteered much of their time since December, going through applications and attending meetings narrowing down the list of 19 to the top 10 recommendations. "I think the personal investment people have made in this in really wanting to be a solution to this process, be a part of a new beginning for Monroe City Schools," said Haneline. School Board President Verbon Muhammad says their work hasn't gone unnoticed,"I would like to thank the screening committee for their job in taking time out of their busy schedule to evaluate the candidates," said Muhammad.

But now board member Rodney Mcfarland is saying mistakes were made in the process, like the leaking of the top five candidates. As a result, he says he may not consider the groups recommendations. the comments have made some committee members uneasy including Haneline, who says the group has done what they've been told to do. "We're all hopeful that our time and our investment in this process will be taken seriously," said Haneline.

But Muhammad says its too early to decide if mistakes have compromised the process, "I wouldn't say that prematurely that we are going to throw everything out".

The top five finalists were announced at the school board meeting on Tuesday, these names are in the order of the ranking : Tammye Turpin, Mary Robinson, Brent Virdrine, Charles Michel, and Mary Guinn.

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