Ten candidates vying to be the next leader of Tucson Unified School District were presented to the Governing Board on Tuesday for consideration.

The meeting was held behind closed doors and no comment was made by Governing Board members during the brief public session that followed.

The names of the candidates will not be disclosed until they have been narrowed down even further to the finalist level.

The search for a superintendent attracted a lot of attention, with 67 résumés submitted - 53 percent of those from people with current or past ties to TUSD or Arizona.

Thirty-seven percent of the candidates had zero to five years of relevant experience.

An initial screening was conducted of the 67 applicants, and they were then separated into three groups - top candidates, viable candidates and those who do did not meet qualifications.

A group of 21 top candidates were interviewed by a private firm hired to conduct the national search, and 10 were selected to present to the board.

Once finalists have been selected, each will take one day to tour the district, interview with the board and cabinet members, and participate in community forums.

TUSD has been hunting for a new leader since March 20 when John Pedicone unexpectedly announced his resignation a year before his contract was set to expire.

His resignation is effective at the end of this month unless the board is unable to find a replacement by then.

To view the superintendent job posting, go online to tucsonsuperintendent.com

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175.