Over 20 people from across the nation have applied to be the principal at Brainerd High School, officials said.
There have been 14 applicants selected to participate in an initial screening interview. On Feb.
16, four to six of the top candidates will visit Chattanooga for a full day of interviews and a school tour.
“Quality schools begin with high-quality leadership,” said Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. “We have developed a process that will involve the community and faculty in selecting the very best person to put Brainerd High in a position to take the lead in Hamilton County Schools becoming the fastest improving school district in the state.”
The interview process will include a community panel, a faculty panel, Opportunity Zone leadership and the superintendent. Candidates will also tour Brainerd High School to meet students and faculty as part of the selection process.
“The more challenging the circumstance, the more leadership matters,” said Opportunity Zone Chief Jill Levine. “We are excited about the strong interest across the country in leading one of our Opportunity Zone schools and we look forward to meeting with these excellent candidates.”