The Brownwood school district received a packet of 27 applicants for the superintendent’s job from Education Service Center Region 15 in San Angelo Friday, and board members will develop a list of seven to 10 applicants for interviews, board president Michael Cloy said.

Board members will have the first round of interviews beginning Oct. 19, followed by a second round Oct. 26, Cloy said. Board members hope to name a lone finalists in late November or early December.

“We established some criteria based on teacher and staff surveys and board members’ input,” Cloy said. “I hope we’ll come back with somebody fantastic.”

The service center accepted applications through Sept. 30.

Board members authorized the district in June to contract with the service center to conduct the superintendent’s search. Service center representatives said then that they would not have any influence or role in the selection process but would remain impartial.

 The superintendent’s job is open because board members voted on Jan. 29 to accept the resignation of then-Superintendent Dr. Reece Blincoe. The resignation was intended then to effective Jan. 31, 2016 following a yearlong paid administrative leave.

Board members approved an addendum to Blincoe’s separation from the district in September. The board accepted a retirement letter submitted by Blincoe for the date of Dec. 18 as opposed to the previous release date of Jan 31.  

The addendum benefits both parties, allowing Blincoe to seek other employment and allowing a new superintendent to begin work Jan. 4 rather than Feb. 1, according to a district-issued press release.

Leisa Land is the district’s acting superintendent.