MANATEE -- Wednesday marked the deadline for applications to be Manatee County's next school district superintendent, a position made available when the former superintendent, Tim McGonegal, resigned over a budget crisis revealed in September.
A total of 31 candidates expressed interest, though the district only received the complete applications of 28 individuals.
Interim Superintendent David Gayler released a statement to the district Wednesday afternoon.
"We are very pleased at the number of applications that we have received for the position of superintendent of Manatee County Schools. Our next step is to assemble all of the application materials and present them to our Citizens Advisory Group and School Board members for their review," Gayler said.
District spokeswoman Margi Nanney said Wednesday that the district will work as fast as it can to compile, organize and redact the applications so that they can be posted on the district's website for the public to review.
The school board also has created a citizens advisory committee, under the direction of Florida School Boards Association Executive Director Wayne Blanton, that will work to vet candidates before selecting five finalists on Jan. 30. School Board members will also separately vet the candidates.
Board Chairman Karen Carpenter had previously told the Bradenton Herald that she had been anxious over winter break because applications were not count
ed or processed during that time, but she was pleased Wednesday to learn that more than 20 individuals had applied. She said she'd like to look into ways the community could help interview candidates.
The district has advertised the superintendent's annual salary as between $170,000 and $195,000. School officials hope to find a candidate before March 29, when Gayler has stated he must leave the district.
Wednesday's list included candidates from all over the country, though many hailed from Florida.
Two candidates, Anna Rodriguez, of Miami Springs, and Joanne Calabro, of New Jersey, expressed interest but did not send applications. Ron Ciranna, of Pinellas County, withdrew his application.
The applicants are:
Diana Greene, Ocala.
Arthur Gottlieb, Queensbury, N.Y.
Kathleen Harris, Shreveport, La.
Steve Black, Venice.
Bernard Osborn, North Miami.
Rolston Cordner, Sarasota.
Anna Rodriguez, Miami Springs (application not received).
Wanda RosarioSchoenfeld, Lockport, N.Y.
Kathy LeRoy, Jacksonville.
Joanne Calabro, New Jersey (application not received).
Ron Ciranna, Pinellas County (Withdrew application).
Carey Wright, Washington, D.C.
Luis Gonzalez, Harrisburg, Penn.
George Spagnola, Bradenton.
Dennis Albright, Sutton, W.Va.
Anthony Messina, Jr., East Patchogue, N.Y.
Richard Murphy, Clewiston.
John Carvelli, Port St. Lucie.
Rick Mills, Minneapolis.
Steven Cobb, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Fred McDowell, Medford, Mass.
Constance Jones, Estero.
Carlas McCauley, Arlington, Va.
Pam Stewart, Tallahassee.
Jayne Morgenthal, Naples
Chris Quinn, Stafford, Va.
Nancy Farley, Bradenton.
Harry LaCava, Vero Beach.
Nancy Graham, Fort Myers.
Carlos Martinez, Bethesda, Md.
Edmond Heatley, Jonesboro, Ga.
Katy Bergen, Herald education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081.