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List of superintendent candidates reduced to 6

TAVARES – Quintin Shepherd, Ph.D., superintendent of the 8,000-student Linn-Mar (Iowa) Community School District, has pulled his name from consideration for the role of Lake County Schools Superintendent.

Shepherd notified the Lake County School Board through consultant Ray and Associates this week, stating that it was “with a heavy heart” that he was making the “painful” decision to withdraw.
The Gazette, a news organization based in eastern Iowa, reports that Shepherd said in an email that his “commitment has always been to the Linn-Mar Community School District. I am passionate about our schools and this community. While I was honored to participate in the search, my unquestionable commitment is to Linn-Mar. This is why I chose to withdraw.”
The remaining candidates are:

  • Arthur “Rob” Anderson, Ed.D. – Deputy Superintendent of Academics, Fulton County Schools in Georgia.
  • Brennan Asplen III – Deputy Superintendent for Academic and Student Services, St. Johns County School District in Florida.
  • Diane Kornegay, M.Ed. – Deputy Superintendent, School District of Clay County in Florida
  • Mark Mullins, Ed.D. – Deputy Superintendent/ Chief Operating Officer at Brevard County Public Schools in Florida
  • Verna Ruffin, Ed.D. – Superintendent, Jackson-Madison County Schools in Tennessee.
  • Gerald “Jerry” Wilson, Ph.D. – Superintendent, Worcester County Public Schools in Maryland.

The first round of interviews will take place the morning of Dec. 13. Board members and the Superintendent Search Advisory Committee will meet individually with candidates starting at 9:30 a.m. at the district office, 201 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares. Then, at 6 p.m., the candidates will attend a Special School Board Meeting at the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main Street, Tavares.

The next day, Dec. 14, the board will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the district office to narrow the list of candidates.
A Special School Board Meeting has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at the district office for interviews with one finalist, followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. and a meeting/interview at 6:00 p.m. That schedule will be repeated on Tuesday, Dec. 20, and Wednesday, Dec. 21, with each of the other finalists.
The board will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, at the district office where they are expected to reach a final decision and name the district’s next superintendent.