GARDENDALE — The four candidates for the position of the Gardendale City Schools' very first superintendent will start their interview process Thursday night.
All four will be interviewed in public meetings to be held at the Gardendale Civic Center. Each will be questioned by members of the Board of Education, to be followed by a reception where the candidates will meet the public.
The schedule of interviews:
* Thursday, 6:15 p.m.: Dr. Michael Daria, assistant superintendent of general administration for the Tuscaloosa City Schools for the last three years. Aside from his very first year as a teacher in Greene County, Daria has been with the Tuscaloosa system his entire career. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership, technology and policy studies from the University of Alabama.
* Friday, 6:15 p.m.: Tim Wilder, superintendent of Dothan City Schools for the last three years. Before that, he ran the Gulf County (Fla.) schools for several years, and spent most of his career in the Florida Panhandle.
* Saturday, 9:15 a.m.: Dr. Patrick Martin, superintendent of the Washington District 50 schools near Peoria, Ill. for the last four years. Before that, he was also a superintendent of a system in Mason City, Ill. for two years, and the assistant superintendent a year prior. Martin earned his doctorate at Illinois State University.
* Tuesday, 6:15 p.m.: Dr. Chuck Ledbetter, superintendent of the Dublin (Ga.) City Schools for the last five years. He was a principal at Dadeville High School and at Council Middle School in the Tallapoosa County Schools system before that. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership at Auburn University.
Randy Wilkes, who was one of the five finalists submitted by the Alabama Association of School Boards' search team, withdrew from consideration earlier this week after accepting the superintendent's job with the Phenix City school system.