A former Joe Cook Elementary principal is among the three finalists for Columbus Municipal School District superintendent, board of trustees President Jason Spears confirmed to The Dispatch on Wednesday.
Lois Kappler, who spent 18 years with the district and left the helm at Cook in July 2012, is a project manager for the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University. She will join Otha Belcher and Cherie Labat for public presentations at 6 p.m. May 31 in the Cook Elementary auditorium.
All three candidates will offer five-minute presentations for the public, followed by a question-and-answer session. Spears said members of the public will have the opportunity to submit questions for the finalists before the meeting.
Belcher now serves as an assistant superintendent for Jackson Public Schools. Before that, he was assistant superintendent at Warren Central School District in Vicksburg.
Labat is assistant superintendent for Bay-Waveland School District.
Spears said trustees will meet again June 1, where they will likely decide on which candidate to hire.