HPSD holds public forum to search for new superintendent

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Public School District (HPSD) will host a public forum Sunday at Hattiesburg High School. The forum will introduce the 3 superintendent candidates.

Director of Communications Jas N Smith said, "The candidates will have a few moments to discuss their qualifications."

Board members met last week to interview for a second time a handful of candidates for the superintendent's position. The board had previously narrowed the applicant pool from 31 to 10.

Smith said businesses and industries look at a city's school system to see if it wants to locate within the city. "It's important for the community, there is a vested interest in Hattiesburg whether or not they have students in the school" said Smith.

After the event residents can submit their feedback on each candidate.

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Interim Superintendent Greg Ladner's term ends June 30. Ladner replaced James Bacchus, who resigned in December.

The forum will start at 4 p.m.

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