- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A deputy superintendent for teaching and learning in Prince George’s County is a finalist to become director of the 86,000-student Nashville school system.

According to the Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1rzxpDB ) Shawn Joseph was one of six candidates interviewed Thursday. He received all nine votes from board members during a session Friday as they narrowed their search to three. Eight votes went to H. Allen Smith II who is chief of schools for California’s Oakland Unified School District. The deputy superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in Florida, Jesus Jara, won five votes.

Joseph, who has also been a teacher, principal and school administrator, has helped lead the 129,000-student Prince George’s school district for two years.

A board decision is scheduled for May 13.

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