RICHMOND (WRIC) - One of three candidates for the vacant position of Richmond school superintendent has withdrawn from consideration.
On Friday, Dr. Anthony Jackson, currently a superintendent in Nash-Rocky Mount, North Carolina, notified school board members of his decision to withdraw.
Insider sources say he was likely the favorite to get the position.
It's unclear why he stepped away, but School Board member Kim Gray says she is disappointed.
"It's disappointing that we have a vetting process that allowed individuals to get to the final stage that may or may not have been prepared for the public scrutiny."
In a statement he says "It is with deep regret and mixed emotion that I respectfully request that at this time due to both personal and professional reasons, that my name be removed from further consideration by the Richmond City Board of Education for the position of Superintendent of Schools."
The withdrawal leaves two candidates, Dr. Dana Bedden and Dr. Calvin Watts, considered for the open position.
It also turns out that Jackson had more close connections to Richmond than School Board members originally thought, which could have led to a conflict of interest.
"We are looking for someone to come in from the outside that didn't have connections to Richmond because there are going to be some difficult discussions and some people will have to be let go," Gray says.
The school system is set to make its decision on the position Monday.
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