The Social Circle Board of Education has narrowed its search for a new superintendent down to three finalists going into the final stretch of the job hunt.

The board announced Monday it would choose between Robbie Hooker, Kelli McCain and Angela Morton for the new superintendent of Social Circle City Schools, with the intention of choosing one of the three this month.

“We were thrilled with the quality and quantity of candidates who applied,” board chairman John Callahan said. “We’re excited to have these three finalists to consider.”

The Social Circle Board of Education has been searching for a new superintendent since the beginning of the year, when current superintendent Todd McGhee announced his intention to leave the school system at the end of the fiscal year upon the expiration of his contract.

With a need to have a new superintendent in place by July 1, the board began the process of soliciting applications for the open position, narrowing down the list of nearly 40 applicants down to 10 semifinalists and interviewing those candidates for the job.

After several weekends of interviews with the semifinalists, the board announced the three finalists Monday.

Hooker was the only one of the three finalists to release his name to the public before the interview process began. He is currently the assistant superintendent for high schools for Henry County Schools, with previous experience as the principal of Clarke Central High School and Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School, both in the Clarke Central School District, as well as teaching at multiple schools and colleges before that. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Valdosta State University and a doctorate in education from Clemson University.

McCain is currently the principal of Henry Partee Elementary School in Gwinnett County, but previously worked in the central office in the Gwinnett system as assistant superintendent in the division of school improvement and operations. She has a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate in education from Mercer University.

Morton is currently the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in the Barrow County School System and was previously the associate superintendent in the Elbert County School District. Before that, she was a principal in DeKalb County and Gwinnett County and a teacher in Elmore County. She has a bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University, a master’s degree from Auburn University and doctorate in education from Georgia Southern University.

The board did not select its one local candidate, Carrie Booher, currently the assistant superintendent for Social Circle City Schools, as one of the three finalists.

Callahan said the board hopes to begin interviews with the finalists in the coming weeks, with a possible announcement before the end of the month.

“We plan to have final interviews in executive session as soon as we can,” Callahan said. “Hopefully we can announce our selection at graduation.”

News Editor

Stephen Milligan is the news editor of The Walton Tribune. He lives in Monroe and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

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