The Shawnee Board of Education will meet today and Monday to narrow down the list of applicants to replace Marilyn Bradford as the superintendent of the Shawnee Public School system.


The Shawnee Board of Education will meet today and Monday to narrow down the list of applicants to replace Marilyn Bradford as the superintendent of the Shawnee Public School system.
“We have been very pleased with this process,” Keith Sandlin, Shawnee Public School Board of Education president, said. “It has been a time-con- suming process, but we are pleased with the applicants we received.”
The board will meet at 2 p.m., today, and 6 p.m., Monday, in the Shawnee Public School administra- tion building, 326 N. Union. Interviews with the remain- ing four applicants (two each day) will take place in executive session. The current list of four
applicants is down from the original 23 when the pro- cess began in January.
“We want to try and make sure we have given ourselves enough time to find the best candidate available,” Sandlin said. “If another candidate was to apply we would definitely take a look. We aren’t turning anyone down until we have settled on a candidate.”
No definitive time frame has been released by the board, but both Sandlin and Larry Walker, Shawnee School Board vice president, expect to fill the position by the end of March.
“I feel good about the pace. We shouldn’t rush, but this also doesn’t need to be protracted,” Walker said. “We are looking for some- one that can be a leader for Shawnee Public Schools, and someone who can build on the success of Bradford’s tenure.”
Bradford has held the po- sition for 15 years, and has spent a total of 24 years in the district. “The board has remarked
to me that they have had excellent candidates, which has made this process hard- er,” Bradford said. “It’s a good problem to have, and it speaks volumes about the system and the commu- nity.”
Bradford said she has not taken part in the interview of applicants.

“I have tried to stay out of the decision process. I felt like I have done my part and I didn’t want to over- shadow this process,” Brad- ford added. “I didn’t think it would be ethical for me to get involved. The board, with the input of the community and staff, are the ones who will make this decision.”
Sandlin said a decision to hold an open session inter- view with the final candidate has yet to be made. “We are looking for some-
one who is motivated by suc- cess, a great leader,” Sandlin said “Someone who is dedi- cated and loves to work with children.”
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Robby Short may be con- tacted by calling 214-3934.