TALLADEGA -- Two area candidates are among the three who will be interviewed for the position of supeintendent of Talladega City Schools. The Board of Education released the names of the finalists Tuesday afternoon, ahead of their interviews on Thursday.

Board member James Braswell said the finalists are Donna King, Elliot Harris and Corey O’Neal.

King, of Lincoln, is currently the instructional services administrator for the Talladega County School System.

Harris, of Leeds, is currently the assistant superintendent of the Jasper City School System.

O’Neal, of Cropwell, is currently the principal of Duran Junior High School in the Pell City School System.

The board will interview the candidates Thursday in the cafeteria at Zora Ellis Junior High School. King will be interviewed first, starting at 4 p.m., followed by Harris at 6 p.m. and O’Neal at 8 p.m. There will be light refreshments and a meet-and-greet following each interview.

The board selected the three finalists Monday from a pool of ten applicants. Board members had previously interviewed four finalists from a national search conducted by the Alabama Association of School Boards. They ultimately rejected all four of those candidates, along with the others who had applied through AASB, without considering any of the other applications or even knowing who sent them in.

The national search was conducted with funds provided by First National Bank, Citizens Baptist Health Center and the Talladega City Council, as well as board funds.

Superintendent Doug Campbell originally announced plans to retire effective July 1, but had his contract extended another month when the board failed to appoint a replacement on time.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.