Oklahoma City School Board members have narrowed the field of candidates for superintendent to five men and two women and will begin interviews Saturday.
The board spent more than two hours behind closed doors Monday night reviewing a list of possible replacements for Karl Springer, who retired in August after five years as superintendent.
Gary Solomon, chief executive officer of PROACT, the Illinois-based firm assisting with the search, said the list of remaining candidates represents a “intersection of talented folks” with varied backgrounds in education.
“The board did a great job, trying to capture the wants and needs of the community,” Solomon said.
Board members have declined to identify the candidates.
“We have promised that we will be confidential with their information,” Chairwoman Lynne Hardin said.
Four of the remaining seven candidates are black and two are Hispanic, according to documents provided by the search firm. Three candidates have between 10 and 15 years of related experience and two have between 15 and 20 years of related experience.
None has ties to Oklahoma or Oklahoma City Public Schools.
Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez, appointed by the board in August, is in his seventh month on the job.