The board met with its search firm, Ray and Associates, behind closed doors Wednesday for six hours to screen applicants who have applied for the district's top post (Read more here).
A candidate could be hired as soon as next month, based on the board's previously stated timeline.
Interim superintendent Jackie Rosswurm has not applied for the position.
Rosswurm took over after Valerie Truesdale retired in October. Truesdale announced her retirement July 20 just before accepting a job overseeing technology for the Charlotte-Mecklenberg School District in North Carolina.
After interviews, the board will meet again with the consultant to select at least three finalists, who will undergo a second round of interviews with the Board Feb. 12-15 and speak at public forums, according to the district.