REED CITY -- Reed City Area Public Schools will soon welcome a new superintendent to the district.

"We're looking for someone who we can trust and who can build the bridge between the board and administration," RCAPS Board of Education President Jamie Eichenberg said.

Out of 21 applicants, the board of education met with six candidates June 8 and 10 through Zoom.

Candidates included Kelly Eckhardt, Randy Speck, Travis Walker, Michael Sweet, Sean Wightman and Steven Skalka. All candidates have experience in school administration, working as either school principals or superintendents in previous positions.

However, after deliberating during its meeting Monday, the board of education has decided to move forward in offering second interviews to Skalka, Walker and Sweet.

"Making cuts is a difficult task, and I know that not all the candidates are going to be able to move forward," Eichenberg said.

Second interviews with the three remaining candidates will take place June 24 at the Reed City Depot and streamed to the public.

Eichenberg said she hopes to fill the position in the coming weeks.

"We are hopeful it will happen sooner than later," she said. "We want to get someone involved as soon as possible."

The position is currently being filled by interim Superintendent Dean McGuire, who took over after former superintendent Myra Munroe resigned from the school district in November.

However, McGuire -- who previously served as the Reed City Middle School principal -- will be retiring after serving the school district for more than 25 years.

"I'm really appreciative of the community and my time here," McGuire said.

To learn more about the candidates or participate in upcoming board meetings, individuals may visit reedcityschools.org and view the board of education tabs.