Mayor calls news conference ahead of possible MPS interim superintendent vote


(Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange has called a news conference for 9 a.m. Thursday regarding the Montgomery Public School System.

The mayor will be joined by “concerned citizens, young professionals and the business community” and is expected to discuss how he’s working with these groups to find qualified candidates to apply for MPS board seats. Five of those positions will come open in 2018.

Meanwhile, the Montgomery County Board of Education is expected to vote on an interim superintendent Friday, Montgomery Public Schools spokesperson Tom Salter confirmed. The board is scheduled to meet Friday at 3 p.m.

Larry DiChiara and Eddie James Hill are candidates for the position, according to sources familiar with the situation. The sources didn’t want to be named because they aren’t authorized to release the names of the candidates.

DiChiara is the former Phenix City superintendent who led the Selma intervention. No information was immediately available about Hill.

There is also a potential third candidate.

None of the candidates have been interviewed. Those interviews will happen at a work session Friday, with the vote to follow. 

Some of the board members are concerned the pool of candidates isn’t big enough and they don’t have enough time to make a good decision.

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