MONROE - In the search for the superintendent of Monroe City Schools, on Tuesday the finalists were narrowed down from a Top 10 to a Top Five by the superintendent search committee.
That paints a clearer picture as to who that next superintendent could be but when the school board had a chance to look at the five names, they chose not to.
In fact, it could be nearly a month before the school board looks at the Top Five candidates.
Nonetheless, in one of their final acts, the superintendent search committee gave their Top Five to the board.
Those Top Five finalists are named, and in the order of their ranking, they are:
1. Dr. Tammye Turpin, Int. Chief Academic Officer, Monroe Schools
2. Dr. Mary Nash Robinson, Caddo School District
3. Dr.Brent Vidrine, Neville High Principal, Monroe
4. Dr. Charles Michel, Metairie, Lafourche School District
5. Dr. Mary Guinn, Metairie, Independent Educational Consultant
While some board members like Glynn Ludley wanted to look at the Top Five names tonight, other members like Bishop Rodney McFarland said they need to wait for the background checks to come back first.
"We don't know what state police are going to find in the background check," McFarland said. "We've got to make sure that what the candidates put on paper is correct. I can make paper look good but it doesn't mean that it's true, so all those factors got to come into play in order for us to make a final selection."
The background checks McFarland is referring to are for the original list of 10 finalists that the search committee put forward at the end of February.
None of them have come back yet.
It will take three weeks for the Louisiana State Police to get all those checks back to the board, and they voted that they will look at the Top Five then.
Meanwhile, Turpin finds herself #1 on that Top Five list that the search committee presented to the board.
NBC 10 News caught up with Turpin at the end of the board meeting to get her thoughts on being in the Top Five and to ask her how she believes she's qualified to lead the school district.
"We have great schools. We have great kids and we have great teachers and we just need to move forward with that and put that message forward," Turpin said. "We have a lot of challenges. There are lots of financial challenges, lots of curriculum challenges and so I feel like my experience at central office prepares me well for that."
Turpin also told NBC 10 News she's honored to be considered and be in that Top Five from the search committee.