The Floyd County Board of Education will begin its next phase in naming a permanent superintendent this weekend. The board will interview seven candidates for the vacated position on Friday and Saturday at the system’s office on Riverside Parkway.

The seven finalists were picked from a list of 29 applications sent to the Georgia School Boards Association.

Applications were from states all of the country; Georgia, Alabama Virginia, Texas, California, Florida, New Mexico, Connecticut, Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Officials said that if they feel that one of the seven that will be interviewed are not a right fit then they will continue the search.

Interim superintendent John Jackson has been filling the role since Dr. Jeff McDaniel left last September.