By CRA News Service
The Palm Beach County School Board on Wednesday narrowed its list of candidates for the next superintendent to four.
After three hours and three rounds of voting, board members whittled their list of 23 to: Constance Jones, Lee County School District Chief Academic Officer; Tom Watkins, former Economic Council of Palm Beach County Inc. President; Janis Andrews, a current Palm Beach County Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning Support and James Browder, a former Lee County Superintendent. Jones received the most votes.
“She’s bright, she’s articulate and well respected in the community,” said Wayne Blanton, president of the Florida School Board Association.
All four finalists will come in for interviews with board members the week of Feb. 6.
Two candidates dropped out before Wednesday’s vote. Orange County Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Barbara Jenkins is applying for the vacant superintendent’s job in Orange County and James Parla took another job in New Jersey.
Board members hope to choose a superintendent by March 1. The new superintendent is expected to start by June 1.