PORTLAND — The search for the next school superintendent is running a week behind schedule due to the School Board’s desire to interview more finalists than originally anticipated, search committee Chairwoman Sarah Thompson said.

The committee had at first planned to interview two candidates for the job, but later decided to add a third, she said. That interview was scheduled for Tuesday.

Following the final interview, some School Board members will visit the district or districts where the top contenders currently work to see them on the job and to talk to residents in those communities about their local schools, Thompson said.

The board will now probably pick a candidate to succeed James C. Morse Sr. in late June, rather than mid-June, as originally planned.

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