New Allentown schools superintendent ready to get to work

ASD Superintendent Thomas Parker

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The head of the Allentown School District will not get the superintendent job he applied for in Nashville, Tennessee.

Metro Nashville Public Schools said in a news release it has narrowed down its choices to five semifinalists, and Allentown Superintendent Thomas Parker was not on the list.

Parker was among 19 candidates from across the country who applied for the superintendent position there. Parker is currently in the middle of his five-year contract with the Allentown School District. He first took the helm back in 2017.

The district's semifinalists are:

  • Adrienne Battle: Interim Director of Schools, Metro Nashville Public Schools, TN
  • Brenda Elliott: Chief of School Improvement & Supports and Chief of Equity, DC Public Schools
  • Brian Kingsley: Chief Academic Officer, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, NC
  • Shelley Redinger: Superintendent, Spokane Public Schools, WA
  • Roderick Richmond: Executive Director of Student Support Services, Shelby County Schools, TN

The school board will interview the candidates on the week of March 2 and will make an offer to a candidate by the March 24 school board meeting.

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