As of Monday, the quest for a new elementary school principal was narrowed down to four candidates.

Carlisle Superintendent Jason Clark said after screening numerous potential candidates, he referred the four top applicants to a committee for interview. Clark said the committee overseeing the interviews is made up of twelve elementary school employees. He said the last interview was to be held on Monday.

According to Clark, some of the qualities he looked for in selecting his top four applicants were experience, hard working, a good decision maker and someone who interacts well with staff, parents and students.

"Obviously, to find someone with experience when you can," Clark said. "Someone who will work hard and is a good decision maker."

Clark said he is pleased with the four candidates selected and believes the committee members are as well.

"I feel good about the candidates," Clark said. "I feel good about where we are going in elementary."

After the committee has made their selection this week, they will then meet with Clark. Clark will then present the recommendation to the board during the upcoming meeting. The board will then have to make the decision on whether or not to approve the contract of Clark’s recommendation.

The new principal will be taking the position of current elementary principal Susie Ward. During the April 8 school board meeting, the board approved the resignation of Ward, but within minutes hired her back as a sixth grade math teacher. Clark said during the meeting Ward wants to work with students on an individual level and misses working with children.

The next school board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13, in the board room at the superintendent’s office.