Haynes and Henson withdraw, leaving Liddell sole candidate for CMSD head
And then there was one.
When the Columbus Municipal School District entered the home stretch of its superintendent search, it had four candidates: Isaac “Ike” Haynes, superintendent of Jefferson Davis County School District; Dr. Pamela Taylor Henson, director of instructional support for the Baldwin County, Ala., Board of Education; Dr. John G. Ladner, interim superintendent of the Moss Point School District; and Dr. Martha Liddell, interim superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District.
On May 14, a week before the public interviews were to start, the district announced that Ladner had withdrawn from consideration. The district forged ahead, holding interviews with the three remaining candidates last week. The interviews wrapped up Friday, and Saturday the district announced that Henson, too, withdrew her application – the Dispatch reported her withdrawal was due to a death in the family. At that time the board also announced that they had made a decision, and would announce that decision this week. Full interview coverage can be found on the Packet’s website Thursday morning.
There was still one more twist to come, however. Haynes withdrew his application Wednesday, leaving Liddell the sole remaining contender.
CMSD spokesperson Janet Lewis did not return phone calls seeking comment; however, there is a special board meeting scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to announce the board’s decision.