As he sat through the last in a series of interviews last month, Michael Hince said he could feel the back of his shirt begin to soak with sweat. The end of what he called a "marathon" interview process for the Marshall County Schools superintendent position was near, with only questions from the Marshall County Board of Education remaining.
Hince's answers to those questions - as well as to questions from teachers' organizations, personnel groups and community leaders - helped him gain the position, which he will take beginning July 1. During a meeting last week, board members said it was Hince's strong background in curriculum and knowledge of the needs of students and teachers inside the classroom that earned him the job.
"We are moving from the construction administration that has been the dominant force for the last couple of years to now focusing on the instruction administration," board member John Miller said. "We worked to build the walls, now it's time to focus on what goes on inside those walls."