The Warren County School System has delayed the hiring of a new director due to COVID-19.
Chairman Tanya Bess said the board has narrowed down its search to four finalists.
“One of the most important qualities is their morals,” Bess said. “I also think how they listen. Of course their education is so important, the education that they’re required. But they have to learn to work with others. They want to be able, they should be able, to want to work with others because it takes a team effort to run a school system.”
Two finalists from inside the county are Courtney Bennett and Autumn Turner; two from outside the county are Grant Swallows and Rodger Alsup.
Bess said the interview process should continue April 14 and 16 if the Governor’s mandate stays on schedule to expire. A finalist should be chosen by the end of this month to replace Bobby Cox, the current director.
“We’re just looking forward to our new director,” Bess said. “We certainly are going to be missing Mr. Bobby Cox because he’s done such a wonderful job. He just puts his whole heart into his job and he’s excellent in everything he does. But we know, moving forward, it can be that good again.”
Cox has worked for the school system for nearly 30 years. Bess said his term is set to expire early this summer but he has volunteered to work a little longer depending on the pandemic.