Curlee said that about two dozen candidates applied for the job that came open when Eric Collins resigned at the end of the season.
The deadline for candidates to apply was Monday but the search committee is still reviewing the most recent applications to determine whether it will conduct any further interviews.
No names of those who have interviewed or will interviewed have been released.
Assistant superintendent Fred Hill said the district wanted to give coaches whose teams were playing in last week's Mississippi state championships the chance to apply. The deadline for interviews is Dec. 17.
Curlee will retire from the district Dec. 31 but has agreed to assist THS athletic director Danny Porter with the search until then. In addition to district officials, the search committee also includes Chip Ashford, Hank Boerner, Fred Hadley, Dean Hancock, Beth Holliman, Anita Llewellyn and Stephanie Murphy.
At Tuesday's meeting, the district also approved a written code of ethics it expects from all of its coaches, included those already on staff and future hires. Some of those guidelines include:
- Enables and encourages student athletes to participate in other sports and activities
- Coach will be a "lead learner" for his/her department and participants
- Models character traits such as discipline, leadership, responsibility, accountability, tolerance, forgiveness and a strong work ethic.
- Shows sensitivity to an individual's circumstances and needs, demonstrating empathy and understanding.
"This is not just a piece of paper, this is something that is important to our district," school board president Mike Clayborne said.
TPSD Superintendent Randy Shaver said the athletic departments at Tupelo High School and Middle School need to develop ways to hold their coaches accountable to these standards. He said the standards have been used to evaluate applicants in the current coaching search.
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