|Either Lela Bridges or Linda Gilbert will be the next director of Murfreesboro City Schools.
The Murfreesboro City Board of Education held a special-called meeting Saturday morning to narrow down the candidates for the system’s director to the top two.
Murfreesboro native Beth Wright was eliminated from consideration by the board.
All board members voted for the top two, except for David Hopper and Susan Andrews, who cast votes for Bridges and Wright.
Next the board will hold daylong interviews with Bridges and Gilbert on Dec. 1 and 2. It meets again at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the MCS Central Office to make a final decision on the system’s new director.
Bridges is currently serving as superintendent of the Harvey Public Schools District 152 in Harvey, Il.
Before Bridge’s became superintendent 14 years ago, she worked as director of the Waukegan, Il. Public Schools District 60 and as an elementary and high school principal in the same district.
In her application, Bridges touted her financial management during her tenure as superintendent and her relationships with faculty, parents and students.
Gilbert is a familiar face around Murfreesboro, having served as a professor at MTSU and administrator and teacher at MCS.
As a former MCS employee, the 1997 Tennessee Teacher of the Year winner served as Community Relations coordinator, associate director of Instruction and music teacher at Black Fox, Reeves-Rogers and Mitchell Neilson Elementary schools.
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