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BoE names superintendent finalist
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Dr. Judy Burton Scherer
The search for a school superintendent looks to be nearing a close as the Board of Education has named Dr. Judy Burton Scherer as the first and only finalist during a called board meeting.
Scherer is currently the deputy superintendent for Douglas County schools in Douglasville, outside Atlanta.
In addition to school system administrative positions, Scherer has experience teaching at the elementary, secondary and college levels.
While superintendent finalists typically come in threes, Georgia law gives school boards the liberty to name as many, or as few, as they see necessary.
"Some boards interview a number of candidates and narrow the scope to three for serious consideration and do announce three finalists," Interim Superintendent Harley Grove explained. "Our board, however, chose a different approach."
Scherer is also one of the three finalists for the Floyd County superintendent search in Rome.
"I was selective in the school systems I applied with for superintendent vacancies and feel honored to have been named a finalist in both Floyd and Liberty County," Scherer said in an email.
Dr. Lynn Plunkett, Floyd County's interim superintendent since November, has also been named a finalist. She is vying for the position after being the county's assistant and deputy superintendent.
Scherer feels her key roles in the school system have given her "direct experience with most aspects of the superintendency."
She is also familiar with Liberty County school system as she participated in a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and Council and Accreditation and School Improvement district accreditation visit a couple of years ago.
"I was impressed with the board of education, which has a clear focus on their responsibility to provide a quality education for all students," Scherer said. "Liberty County is an excellent school system with a strong focus on student achievement."
She said she is "looking to continue to move the (school) system forward to meet the needs of the community."
"The strongest attribute I have to offer Liberty County is my interpersonal skills, a collaborative management style of working with all of the stakeholders to provide the best possible education for every student," she said.
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