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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI)-And then there were two. The Columbus School Board narrows its Superintendent search to two candidates.

Parents, teachers and students listen closely at Cook Elementary School as the final candidates for Columbus School’s Superintendent reveal their plans to improve the district.

“I think that they were both awesome and I’m sure that it was a hard decision and I can see how both of them were finalists,” says Josie Moore.

Columbus High special education teacher Josie Moore believes both finalists are focusing on the children’s future.

“I think both of them can bring diversity. They can bring a willingness to work with the entire child and both of them stress that…that they want all parts of the child to be successful,” says Moore.

Finalist, David Fonseca is currently the Assistant Superintendent in Boone, North Carolina and has been an educator for 23 years. The other candidate, Phillip Hickman is the Area Assistant Superintendent in Houston, Texas; which is the seventh largest school district in the U.S.

Parent, Rhonda Evans believes either candidate can improve the district.

“They had a breath of ideas. Some creative approaches to learning.I think one of the candidates said one team, one Columbus. I was very impressed by that because that’s what we really need because the children are what’s most important and we need to put them first and whoever they select as a candidate we just need to move forward for the betterment of children and betterment of Columbus,” says Rhonda Evans.

Interim Superintendent Edna McGill was not selected as a finalist.

A candidate could be selected as early as Wednesday morning at the school board’s meeting.



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