HITCHCOCK — The Hitchcock school district board of trustees took no action on filling the empty high school principal position Tuesday night.

Instead, the school district will work to narrow a field of six candidates and hopefully present a finalist to the board at its regular meeting next week, Superintendent Barbara Derrick said.

Trustees met last night to discuss the need to fill the position, among other topics, but took no action after meeting behind closed doors.

With only two months to go before the start of the school year, the school board president had suggested that Derrick might have to do double duty.

But Derrick said it likely would not come to that.

Six candidates will be interviewed and evaluated with the goal of having a finalist ready for the board’s approval, she said.

“If everything goes right, we will find the right person,” Derrick said.

The diverse candidates included four men and two women — three of whom have worked as principals — and who have experience in low-performing districts with similar demographics and at-risk populations, she said.

“We think we have some good candidates,” Derrick said.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

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