The deputy superintendent for the Liberty County School System is one of two finalists for Bryan County School System superintendent.
The Bryan County News on Thursday reported that Dr. Cheryl Conley, who has been with LCSS since 1990, was named a finalist Wednesday during a called meeting of the Bryan County Board of Education.
“I am very excited to be one of the top two candidates, and I have a seriously tough competitor,” Conley said Thursday. “I feel that I would be a good fit for Bryan County and would love to have the opportunity to serve them as their superintendent.”
The other contender, Dr. Paul Brooksher of Dacula, is the director of human resources and staffing for Gwinnett County Public Schools in Suwannee.
John Oliver, who has served as Bryan County School superintendent since 2009, will retire at the end of June.
Conley began teaching in 1989 as a special education teacher. In 1990, she moved to Bradwell Institute as a special education teacher, and during her time there, she was promoted to assistant principal.
From 1997 to 2006, she was the executive director for Liberty County’s Division for Exceptional Learning, and she served as assistant superintendent from 2006 to 2008.
Since 2008, Conley has served as the deputy superintendent. Her current salary is $122,491.
Conley oversees the district’s capital projects, which are projected to total more than $28 million in fiscal year 2012.
Conley said she decided to pursue the position as it would be “the next step of my educational career.”
“I am very familiar with the Bryan County School System, and I know that their system is in great shape and will be a wonderful system for any superintendent,” she said, adding that she’s a “winner either way.”
Bryan BoE Chairman Eddie Warren said the board hopes to decide before the May 24 meeting.
“It’s like ‘getting married and moving away,’” Conley said. “You really, really want to get married and move with your new spouse, but you know how much you will miss your family.”