The search for the superintendent of the Jackson Madison County School System started late last year with forums to hear what the community wanted.
Now there are 27 applicants up for the job.
Out of the dozens of applicants a couple are from within the school system.
Jared Myracle, the current Chief Academic Officer and Bryan Chandler, the current Director of School Transportation.
The school board will be given the entire list with the top five applicants at their next school board meeting.
A lot of voices are being heard during this process especially the parents.
"We really want someone deep rooted in the community, someone whose well diverse on all the issues that our community is currently struggling with and someone that is going to bring about a change that is much needed", says parent Frances Douglas.
Below is the entire list:
Bell, Kelly: Principal, Smith County Middle School, Carthage, TN
Bueche, Ann: Supervisor of Special Services, King George Co. Schools, VA
Cavitt, Jeremiah: Associate Superintendent, Haywood County Schools, TN
Chandler, Bernard: Instructional Superintendent, Birmingham City Schools, Birmingham, AL
Chandler, Bryan: Director of School Transportation, Jackson-Madison County Schools, TN
Cunningham, Alexa: Superintendent, Salt Lake City School District, Salt Lake City, UT
DeArmas, Isa: Assistant Superintendent of Education Services, Saugus Union School District, CA
Hamlett, Versie: Director of Schools, Humboldt City Schools, Humboldt, TN
Hayes, Terry: Former Superintendent, McLean County Public Schools, Madisonville, KY
Howell, Pete: Principal, Tishomingo County High, Tishomingo County Schools, MS
King, Marlon: Director of Schools, Fayette County Schools, TN
Martin, David: Superintendent, TN School for the Blind, TN
Murry, June: Accreditation Protocols External Review Team, Advanced Certification Tennessee
Myracle, Jared: Chief Academic Officer, Jackson-Madison County Schools, Jackson, TN
Patterson, Tammie: Assistant Professor-UT Martin, Department of Education
Pirtle, Ronald: Director of Operations, Corporate Finesse, Chattanooga, TN
Richmond, Roderick: Executive Director of Student Support Services, Shelby County Schools, TN
Smith, Willis: Principal, Utica Elementary Middle School, Hinds County Schools, MS
Stroder, James: Superintendent, Grand County School District, Moab, UT
Triplett, Michael: Assistant Superintendent for Leadership and Accountability, Riverview Gardens School District, St. Louis, MO
Turner-Pugh, Barbarietta: Director of Student Services, Monroe County Schools, TN
Walters, Milton: Chief Human Resources Officer, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh PA
Watson, Celeta: Director of Education, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA
Williams, Sharon: Chief Academic Officer, Holmes County Consolidated School District, MS
Wilson, Alexis: Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, Balsz School District, Scottsdale, AZ
Woodard, Ron: Director of Pupil Services, Maury County Schools, TN
Woodward, Timothy: Superintendent of Schools, Hancock County Schools, New Cumberland, WV