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The Christian County School Board will interview a second candidate hoping to become the next superintendent Monday night
The advanced agenda says former Collier County, Florida Chief Administrative Officer Mary Ann Gemmill will meet with the board Monday evening at 7pm at the district office in closed session. It will be a special called meeting, meaning the board must cling to the items clearly defined on the agenda and that means she cannot be hired Monday night.
The Times Free Press of Grundy County, Tennessee reported Ms. Gemmill was a finalist for the Directors of Schools position there in March, but was ultimately not selected.
The Marcon News of Rockford, Illinois reported in September of 2007 that Ms. Gemmill left the school district there with an outgoing superintendent to take the leadership role in Florida for a salary of 170-thousand dollars annually. She was laid off from that position in the summer of 2011, according to Naplesnews.com.
Ms. Gemmill may not have any publicized direct local ties, but she did once serve as director of federal programs for Metro Nashville schools, a position which she left in March of 2004, according to Nashvillepost.com. The site reported she left that job for the position in Illinois.
Christian County Schools’ spokesperson Heather Aubin says Ms. Gemmill will speak at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast Tuesday morning from 7 until 9—much like the one Madison County Assistant Superintendent Marvin Welch appeared at Thursday morning where leaders from the community asked him tough questions for over an hour.
Ms. Gemmill will meet with middle and high school principals at 11am Tuesday, with elementary principals at 1pm and classified system employees at 2pm.
There will be a public forum with Ms. Gemmill from 4 until 5:30 at the Christian County High School cafeteria and she will have dinner with the Christian County School Board at 6:30 Tuesday evening. Ms. Aubin says an agenda will be sent out as soon as possible on what will be up for discussion at that meeting, but couldn’t confirm whether the board will leave open the option to hire Ms. Gemmill that night.A possible hiring of Welch was on the agenda Thursday night when he met with the board late in the evening, but board Chair Barry Cornelius would only laugh and say “no comment” multiple times when asked by reporters what happened in that closed session which apparently resulted in no action taken.