One of three finalists for the job announced this week, former Washington superintendent Clifford Janey, was the first choice of all but one of the 16-member search committee, according to three people who were there. They asked to remain anonymous because they signed confidentiality agreements.
The nine members of the district's elected advisory school board also unanimously backed Janey, the three sources confirmed.
How much weight those preferences carry is yet to be determined, but the head of the search committee, Rutgers University professor Clement Price, is to meet with Gov. Jon Corzine today to discuss the search committee's review and finalists. Price said he would not rank them for the governor.
"The governor asked us not to prioritize, and we followed his instructions," Price said.
Corzine is to interview the three finalists tomorrow in Newark. Mayor Cory Booker also is expected to meet the candidates that day "as a courtesy," Price said.
With the district still under state control, Corzine and his administration will nominate the next superintendent to the state Board of Education, which has the final vote.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Clifford Janey finalist for Newark Super
Former DCPS superintendent is a finalist for the same position in Newark, NJ.