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Interview with MCSB Superintendent finalist David Lewis

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Meet David Lewis: For the past 30 years he's worked in the Polk County School System in Florida. Now, he's looking to take over the reins here in Muscogee County.

After searching for more than a year, the Muscogee County School Board has voted on a finalist for the superintendent position. It was a packed room Tuesday when board members took the year-old search into what appears to be its last stage.

"There are so many good things going on here but there are some things like any district has that need to be improved and we will work to do that but I want to make a firm and fair assessment of where we are," said Lewis.  

Lewis, an associate superintendent in Polk County, Fla., was voted on unanimously by the board at noon Tuesday.

News Leader 9's Curtis McCloud has been following this developing story from the beginning.

It's definitely been a longtime coming – 374 days to be exact – since former superintendent Susan Andrews vacated the position last year.

In the past two months, the Muscogee County School system has suffered district wide layoffs, school closings, and program reductions all because of less funds from the state.

Lewis told us that he's not worried about those challenges because they are happening everywhere, including Polk County.

"Our district has undergone quite a few budget cuts over the last few years," Lewis said. "In the last decade we have seen our districts revenue stream dwindle." 

Longtime board Member John Wells says that this is the longest superintendent search he's encountered in the last 25 years but is confident that Lewis will take on the job effortlessly.

"He's experienced, he's confident, he's intelligent, he's articulate," Wells said.  

Lewis says that he found out about the job through a friend and applied to the search firm in early June and interviewed in person with the board on Friday June 21 in Atlanta, almost year after the initial superintendent search began.

"It's taken us a while to get there but we've got the results that we want," said Wells.  

SEE ALSO: 

Board of Education names David F. Lewis finalist for Superintendent of Education

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