Members of the school district board of trustees gave the nod Monday night to three finalists for the position. Those three will now go through a second interview process with the board and a decision on who will helm the district after interim superintendent Dr. David Eubanks leaves later this year could be made by the end of the month.
Eubanks has served as interim superintendent for the last three years. The district began its search for a new administrator Dec. 1 of last year.
The three finalists, in no particular order, are:
• Cecelia Greenberg-English is a current resident of Coalinga and San Francisco, CA. She is a Chesnee native and has served as the superintendent for the Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified School District and as associate superintendent for the North Sacramento School District. She also has additional experience as director at Limestone College, principal intern through Converse and Byrnes High, science teacher at Byrnes, high school administrator for Douglas County Schools near Atlanta and assistant superintendent in Putnam County, GA. Greenberg-English even has past experience as a CEO in the private sector in Spartanburg County. She holds degrees from South Carolina State University, Converse College, USC Upstate and is a graduate of Chesnee High School.
Kristi Vanderford Woodall
• Kristi Vanderford Woodall is a Union resident and currently serves as the director of personnel for Spartanburg District 2. She has served as interim director of instruction for the same Spartanburg district; Union High School principal from 2003-06; middle school curriculum facilitator for Chester Middle School; Twin Valley Middle School principal in Elverson, PA; Phoenixville Middle School assistant principal in Phoenixville, PA; Wren High School administrative assistant in Anderson; and biology teacher in Fort Mill, Greenville and Charleston. She holds degrees from South Carolina State University, Clemson University and Furman University.
• Ron Wright currently serves as the assistant superintendent for the Clover School District in York County. He has a long career as a public educator, having served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent since 1975. He holds degrees from the University of South Carolina and Winthrop University.
The candidates’ second interviews will be set up with hopes of them being completed over the next two weeks with a decision possibly being made on who will take on the Union County position by the next board meeting on March 22.
Eubanks said the board’s search time line for a new superintendent has been a good one.
“And they’ve stuck to it religiously,” he added.
Eubanks plans to serve through at least the end of this school year and said he will stay on as long as the board needs. He knows the transition period will be critical for the person the board selects to take on the position.
“I will do whatever needs to be done in consideration of the person coming in,” he said.