The Arlington Community Schools District is one step closer to naming its next superintendent after completing remote interviews with the four finalists.

Dr. Versie Hamlett, Jeff Mayo, Teresa Price and Dr. Aimee Wyatt are vying for the position that will become available when Superintendent Tammy Mason retires at the end of the school year.

The four finalists, interviewed via teleconference late last week, were selected based on qualifications specified by the school board. Interview questions, which were the same for all candidates, centered on handling the district’s budget, developing curriculum, implementing technology, student and employee welfare, legislative advocacy and community involvement.

Hamlett said she feels she has a strong work ethic, as evidenced by her career path as a teacher for 11 years, then assistant principal, principal, supervisor of elementary education and chief academic officer – all in the Jackson-Madison County School System in Jackson, Tennessee. For the past six years, she has been superintendent of the Humboldt City Schools District.

Mayo is the Arlington Community Schools chief of staff and former director of human resources, teacher, principal, administrator and supervisor. He has been with the district since it started six years ago.

Price is the Germantown Municipal School District’s assistant superintendent of teaching, learning and assessment. Her 15 years of experience in public education include time as principal of Dogwood Elementary School and GMSD director of academic advancement, as well as SCS special education teacher, regional instruction facilitator, department of exceptional children supervisor and school board member.

Wyatt has 27 years of experience in education and is an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University. She is also the Southern Region Education Board’s Director of State and District Partnerships for school improvement. She has worked as a middle and high school Spanish teacher, geography teacher, assistant principal and executive principal. Prior to Southern Region Education Board, she was the executive officer for high schools for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

Board chairman Scott Benjamin said he thought the interviews went well. He was one of two board members who wanted to wait on the interviews until a later date when face-to-face interviews would be possible, but the board voted 3-2 to press forward with the interviews remotely.

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