Mountainburg School District is expected to have a new superintendent following Monday’s school board meeting set for 5:30 p.m. at the administration building.

One of three candidates will be offered the job to succeed Dennis Copeland, who will retire June 29, 2018.

The three finalists from the 22 applicants are Dr. Debbie Atwell, director of professional development for the Rogers School District; Andrew Curry, superintendent of the Deer/Mount Judea School District; and Samuel Slott, elementary school principal for the Lavaca School District.

Members of the school board considered the 22 applicants on Nov. 22 before trimming the list to three on Nov. 29.

Copeland will retire after 38 years in education, including the last 10 as superintendent of the Mountainburg School District.

“I announced in July that I planned to retire to give the district plenty of time to find my replacement,” Copeland said.

He said a recent health scare “changed my perspective about life.”

Copeland said he plans to continue to live in Alma for the immediate future, but spend more time with his two sons and four grandchildren in Little Rock and Vilonia.