The three finalists, James Arnold, superintendent of Pelham City Schools; Jeff Bearden, superintendent of Fayette County Schools; and McCown, were announced Tuesday as finalists in the search to replace Gayland Cooper, who is retiring after nine and a half years of service as Rome City School’s Superintendent.
It was an an opportunity McCown said he did not want to miss.
“I am a native of Cedartown, and I have long been a fan of Rome City Schools and their successes,” said McCown. “Growing up in a smaller community, I always appreciated Rome City Schools.”
If McCown is not chosen by Rome City Schools, the Gordon County Board of Education will determine if and how long he will remain under his current contract, leaving the contract drawn up in June to secure McCown’s service with Gordon County Schools for three more years currently unsigned.