(WMC-TV) - The City of Millington is knee-deep in the search for a superintendent to lead its new school district.
Greg Ritter is Millington's new school board chairman. He and the rest of the board met earlier this week with town aldermen and Friday they hope to select a new superintendent.
There are three candidates vying for the top job, though the board started out with six.
Chairman Ritter says the school board will hold a work session Friday to do final interviews with the candidates. They hope to appoint a new leader during a special-called board meeting Friday evening.
Millington school board members say they are ready to get their school system up and running. They hope to choose a superintendent who is ready to do the same.
"They've got to hit the ground running and they have a lot of things that need to be done as far as buildings, central office, and making community connections," said Ritter.
Ronnie Mackin is the only Millington native up for the job. He's a former employee of the Achievement School District in Memphis.
Dr. David Roper is a former superintendent in Birmingham, Alabama. He is now an education professor at Middle Tennessee State University.
Scott Porter is currently the superintendent of the Bluford Schools in Bluford, Illinois.
"We're just gonna sit back, relax, and pray and hope we get the best person for Millington and our children," said parent Yolanda Dennis.
The new system will have anywhere from 2,200 to 2,300 students.
School officials say it's unlikely teachers will lose their jobs.
New teachers will have to re-apply and may be allocated to a new school, one of four in the system.
The three finalists will be interviewed at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. Friday at Millington City Hall.
Immediately following those interviews, there will be a special called meeting of Millington's school board to pick a superintendent.