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34 apply for superintendency
34 apply for superintendency

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The Newton County Board of Education is working hard to find a replacement for school system superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews.

Thirty-four people have applied for the position. Board members are now trying to determine which of the applicants they wish to interview.

Chairwoman Abigail Coggin described the selection process as "the most important decision we make as a school board ... we know our decision will directly impact the future of Newton County Schools and its students."

Mathews announced his retirement late last year. Six of the people who have applied to replace him are sitting school superintendents. Other candidates include principals, associate superintendents, a retired teacher, an assistant professor, a Race to the Top director and a chief human resources officer.

Of the 34 applicants, 24 live in Georgia and two are from Alabama. The others live in Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

"We're definitely very pleased to have received such a good response," Coggin said. "On first glance, there seems to be a very strong field of contenders for the position, and that's what we wanted."

Coggin added that the board is now reviewing all the applications. No interview dates have been set.