Looney interviews in Williamson County

Published 4:20 pm Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Superintendent Mike Looney interviewed on Tuesday night with the Williamson County School District in Tennessee about becoming its next Director of Schools.

Looney is one of five finalists to lead the school district of 30,000 students, which is located in Franklin, Tenn., and is approximately 20 minutes from Nashville. Looney’s name was submitted for consideration to Williamson County schools officials by executive search firm Ray and Associates, Inc.

The Williamson County Board of Education is meeting with all candidates this week and has scheduled a special called meeting for Thursday, Aug. 6. The last interview is tonight.

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Looney said he was told he should know by Friday if the board was still considering him as a finalist. He was scheduled to fly to Tennessee on Monday night following a special called meeting of the Butler County Board of Education.

The Williamson County Board of Education is comprised of 12 members representing 12 separate districts. The other four finalists are:

– Dr. David Heath, who is serving as Interim Superintendent in Williamson County.

– Dennis Dearden, Senior VP of Partnership for Excellence in Arizona.

– Dr. Barry Carroll, Superintendent of Limestone County Schools in Alabama.

– James Wilson, former Superintendent of the Fulton County School System in Georgia.