The search for a new Macomb Superintendent continued Thursday night as the district has narrowed its search to three finalists.
The school board is trying a different approach with the interview process-- it's invited the public to pose their own questions.
Macomb School board President Robert Shouse says the district opted for a public forum because they wanted parents to play an even bigger role this time around in picking the next superintendent.
WGEM spoke to a few of those parents at Thursday's forum who say they like being a part of the decision making process.
More than 30 community members sat quietly, listening and jotting down notes as their pre-written questions were read aloud by a moderator.
Giving parents a say in the hiring process is an opportunity Stacy Bierman, a mother of 3, appreciates.
"It directly affects my children, it also affects our schools, I'm with the PTO at one of the schools so it's good to know what the candidate could offer to our schools and to the rest of the community," said Bierman.
Jim LaPrad was also eager to submit a question-- he believes the opinions of parents should carry a lot of weight.
"I think it informs our school board also of the different types of questions that the community has so it really gives us a feel that we're being valued, and we're the tax payers so I think that's really important," said LaPrad.
School Board President Robert Shouse says to bring the best person in for the job, leaving out the public wasn't an option.
"Last time when we hired a superintendent with each candidate it was more of a meet and greet type of situation and we thought it was very important this time to have the public the administrators and faculty and staff be able to ask whatever was on their mind," said Shouse.
And Shouse says the public's opinions will be carefully considered when the board makes its final decision.
"It's going to weigh a lot, there's a lot of public support for all 3 candidates they have their voice but ultimately everybody, the public the boards wants to make sure we hire the best person for the job," said Shouse.
Tonight's forum featured Dr. Chet Lien, but if you'd like to take part in the district's interviewing process, you still have two more chances.
A public forum with Dr. Patrick Twomey will be held Monday night and Dr. Chad Allaman on Wednesday January 30th.
Both Meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. and will be inside the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center in Macomb.
The new superintendent will replace Dr. Alene Reuschel who's retiring at the end of the school year.
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