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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The superintendent search in Monroe City Schools is nearing its last laps in this race.

Louisiana State Troopers are giving the board a helping hand during the search.

All of the personal information for Tammye Turpin, Mary Robinson, Brent Virdrine, Charles Michael and Mary Guinn is now getting a pair of eyes from law enforcement to see if any of the final candidates have a bad rap sheet. This process may take up to three weeks.

Screening Committee Co-Chair Jennifer Haneline says there's no need to break out in a sweat.

"The preliminary background checks came back fine. So, we're confident with those five," Haneline said.

As of Tuesday night, it's up to board members and the initial search committee to move forward with choosing the final person to fill the seat.

Haneline says a good communicator and coordinator is needed to lead the school district.

"That's what our schools need, that's what our employees need, and the children need in Monroe," Haneline said.

Overall, Haneline believes the district is heading in the right direction for finding a superintendent, but she does have one recommendation.

"Hopefully, 20 to 30 years from now, when this superintendent retires, that maybe they will include community members earlier in the process," the co-chair said.

Interim Superintendent Derenda Flowers remains in the seat.


MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - 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. Interim Chief Academic Officer Tammye Turpin and Neville High School Principal Brent Virdrine are the only local candidates to make the cut.

The naming of the finalists means the superintendent screening committee has wrapped 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 since December going over applications and reviewing all 19 candidates.

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