Little Rock school superintendent finalists

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Following is the news release on the three finalists chosen by the Little Rock School Board last night to interview for the superintendent's job.

They are the Springfield, Ill., superintendent Walter Milton; Irving Hamer, deputy superintendent in Memphis, and June Rimmer of Seattle, director of a program targeting minority and poor children.

RELATED: You'll find abundant "school reform" credits on at least two of the finalists' resumes. Which is a good time for Joe Nocera's penetrating column on what school reformers (and teachers, principals, administrators) can and cannot accomplish in world where every child is not created equal, particularly in poverty-heavy, dangerous urban areas.

The selection process for hiring a new district Superintendent is nearing an end. The Little Rock Board of Education has reviewed applications from 17 candidates who are currently working in 13 different states. Those candidates were comprised of current superintendents, deputy superintendents, central office administration staff, and non-profit organizations that focus on education.

As a result of the Board of Education’s discussions and action at tonight’s Special Board meeting, 3 finalists have been named. The remaining candidates are as follows:

* Dr. Walter Milton, Jr, Superintendent of Schools, Springfield, Illinois

* Dr. June Rimmer, of Renton, WA, currently the Program Director with the Stupski Foundation, California

* Irving Hamer, Deputy Superintendent, Memphis City Schools Memphis, TN

These finalists will be invited to travel to Little Rock for a full day of activities the week of May 9th. Finalists will tour district facilities, meet with employees and students, participate in two public forums, and end each day in a formal interview with the Board of Education. The Board remains committed to naming a new district superintendent on May 12th.

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