MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Broward School Board has narrowed its list of candidates for the coveted superintendent of schools job.

“Motion passes unanimously,” said board chair Laurie Levinson, as she announced the approval of the semifinalist.

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Out of 39 men and women who applied to lead the nation’s sixth-largest school district, four have made the initial final cut.

“We ended up with four semifinalists moving forward,” added Laurie Levinson.

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The board met for about three hours on Tuesday and after some discussion with the recruitment firm hired to find qualified applicants, decided to interview Broward interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie Cartwright, Palm Beach County Regional Superintendent Peter Licata, Palm Beach County Schools Chief of Equity and Wellness Keith Oswald and Former Washington Deputy Chancellor Michael Gaal.

“I think when you look at their resumes, they have very strong backgrounds in education. They’ve been involved at least three out of four candidates with large school districts,” said Laurie Levinson.

Now, the four semifinalists will be interviewed at the February 2nd school board meeting.

At that time, the group will also vote on the final two candidates. Then, on February 8, the district will host a meet and greet for the community to interact with the finalists and officials say they want that top choice to be someone with classroom experience and the ability to lead a diverse group.

“We need someone who is able to deal with all students in our district and make sure all students reach their highest potential and since Broward is such a diverse county, that type of experience is extremely important,” added Levinson.

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On February 9th, the board will interview the final two candidates again and vote on which candidate will be the new superintendent of Broward County schools.