During its Feb. 25 school board meeting, board members with Metro Nashville Public Schools approved a list of five semifinalists to interview for the district's open position for the director of schools.

The board narrowed the pool of candidates from 19 candidates. The national search for the superintendent began in late January after the school board approved the timeline for the search as well as a set of qualifications desired in candidates. The Tennessee School Boards Association is facilitating the search.

TSBA Executive Director Tammy Grissom announced the five semifinalists during the meeting:

  • Adrienne Battle, interim director of schools, Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • Brenda Elliott, chief of school improvement and supports and chief of equity, DC Public Schools

  • Brian Kingsley, chief academic officer, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina

  • Shelley Redinger, superintendent, Spokane Public Schools, Washington

  • Roderick Richmond, executive director of student support services, Shelby County Schools

Each semifinalist will move onto the interview process, which is scheduled to occur in a series of public meetings from March 2-6 at 6 p.m. An exact schedule for each candidate has not yet been released but is expected to be released when finalized, according to an announcement from MNPS.

Following the interviews, school board members will rank their top two choices, and the candidate receiving the most votes will be invited for a second interview, according to the district.

The MNPS board is expected to make an offer to a candidate during its March 24 interview.

Under the district's timeline, the new superintendent will assume the position no later than June 1.