The Fayette County Public Schools board had to cancel its Wednesday interview with superintendent candidate Emmanuel Caulk because district officials had failed to give the required 24 hours public notice of the meeting.
School board chairman John Price said the effect of that error is that instead of face-to-face interviews with both candidates, the board will interview Caulk and Terri Breeden via Skype for two hours each in closed session on Saturday.
Caulk was in Lexington on Tuesday and Wednesday. Because of scheduling conflicts, Caulk could not extend his visit.
To be fair to both candidates, the board also cancelled its 8 p.m. Friday meeting with Breeden.
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Board members have identified two other strong candidates whose schedules didn't allow them to come to Lexington this week, Price said.
In a closed session Saturday, school board members could decide to bring those candidates to Lexington next week.
Or, after the interviews with Caulk and Breeden and deliberations afterward, board members could decide between the two of them and announce Fayette County's next superintendent sometime Saturday.
Price said board members have to review what stakeholders — community leaders, parents, teachers and students — say about Breeden and Caulk.
"That's why I say it will be difficult to make a decision on Saturday," Price said. "I'm not going to say it won't happen."
Price said that when choosing a superintendent in 2011, the board deliberated over three candidates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a Saturday.
Price said the latest search firm hired by the board, McNamara Search of Lexington, is continuing to check the four finalists' references.
The candidates identified as finalists were first located by the search firm PROACT Search, which the board terminated when questions unrelated to the search arose about PROACT's CEO.
The school board is trying to find a replacement for Tom Shelton, who resigned last year.
Caulk is superintendent of the Portland, Maine, school district. Breeden is an assistant superintendent in Loudoun County, Va.