BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The search for the next East Baton Rouge Parish school superintendent is taking longer than expected and could easily stretch into February.

Six semifinalists are from Baton Rouge, Del Rio, Texas; Baltimore; Conyers, Ga.; the North Carolina education department, and Charleston County, S.C.

The Advocate reports that six interviews originally expected to be this weekend are now scheduled Wednesday
and on Jan. 23. The board then plans to come back Jan. 25 and narrow the field down further to perhaps three, perhaps fewer, finalists.

The Chicago-area search firm PROACT started with 15 recommended candidates from a list of 44 applicants.

A Jan. 5 meeting with the board and the firm failed to come up with a list of finalists. Six eventually made an 8-1 vote.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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