WARRENTON - The Warrenton-Hammond School Board interviewed the first candidate for an interim superintendent for next school year.

George Lanning, a retired former superintendent for Amity School District and U.S. Army colonel, met with the board in a private executive session Tuesday night.

The interim superintendent, when chosen, will replace Craig Brewington. In March, the board voted not to renew Brewington's contract for next year after 10 years with the district, citing a need for improvement in the areas of test scores and dropout rates. Two board members voted against Brewington's nonrenewal, Jim Gannaway and Darlene Warren.

Immediately after the vote, Gannaway submitted a letter of resignation to the board, which was already short one member.

Today, Linda Dugan, the board chairwoman, said the process for hiring a new leader is progressing.

"We are moving forward with the search," she said. While the board doesn't currently have plans to interview any other candidates, doing so is still a possibility, Dugan said.

After the private portion of the meeting, the board did not make decisions related to the interim superintendent search. Time for discussion has been added to the draft agenda for the board's regular meeting scheduled for April 13.

The board also accepted an application for the vacant board spot, formerly held by Steve Parsons, from Melvin Jasmin. Gannaway's seat is not technically vacant because the board has not formally accepted his letter of resignation, said Shannon Schelin, the board's secretary.

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