UPDATE: Staunton School Board continues superintendent search

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- UPDATE (MAY 3):

The Staunton School Board met two weeks ago with a search firm that gathered information from the public on what they would like to see in the next school superintendent.

School Board Chair Ron Ramsey said they reviewed nearly 40 qualified applicants and narrowed them down to a handful.

Ramsey said the board is looking forward to choosing someone for the right fit to replace Dr. Linda G. Reviea, who retired as superintendent in January after 34 years.

"We are definitely looking forward to what may happen. We're going to miss Dr. Reviea," said Ramsey. "She's done a lot of good work for us, it's sad to see her go. But then we'll look forward to the next one going even further."

Ramsey said they will continue to interview the remaining candidates over the next couple of weeks until one is chosen, which they hope to finalize by the end of May.

Once a new superintendent has been chosen, the chosen candidate will shadow Dr. Reviea to learn the area and important issues going on in Staunton City Schools.

Dr. Reviea's last day will be June 30th. The new superintendent will take charge July 1st.

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ORIGINAL STORY (April 18):

On Wednesday, the Staunton School Board plans on meeting with the search firm that has been gathering information from the public on what they would like to see in the next school superintendent.

"They were advertising it, bringing in all the applicants, gathering information, researching on each of the people that applied and this is where they come to us and say, here are the stack of people who applied that are interested in coming to Staunton," said Ron Ramsey, the school board's chairman. "Here are the ones we think you should really look at but we go through the whole stack."

Ramsey said they hope to have a new superintendent by the end of May.