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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

After several meetings with teachers, community leaders, and the general public, the company hired to find a new Superintendent for Muscogee County gave an official progress report Tuesday evening to members of the Muscogee County School Board.

However, that report didn't come without much input from a select group of people in the community who were invited to a special meeting this evening. State Representative Calvin Smyre attended that meeting.

"We need to be very diligent in our search and look for the best person we can to lead a kids and our community moving forward," Representative Smyre said.

The hiring agency, McPherson & Jacobson, asked what assets would people like to see in their next superintendent. They also asked what the community had to offer the new superintendent to work with towards providing an efficient school system for the students of Muscogee County.

"People were talking about an innovator a strong educational leader a consensus builder. People were talking about someone who has experience with diversity who can bring the various parts of our city together," Smyre said.

Mildred King grew up in Columbus and went through the Muscogee County School District voicing several concerns about finances and using community partnerships to better education. She feels like the firm got a good bit of feedback from the forum session but is still skeptical about the outcome of the final decision for superintendent, which lies with the school board.

"I really don't think that the school board is going to pay much attention to what we say,"King said.

Board Chair Cathy Williams says the board hopes to start the interview process during the first week of December and make a decision on December 10.

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