The Tullahoma Board of Education is leaning toward preferring director of schools candidates have a doctorate degree, plus requiring administrative level experience in filling Dr. Dan Lawson’s position. He announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking an extension to his contract which expires June 30, 2013. The board has agreed to have a replacement in place before then with a May 1, 2013, deadline. The board will vote at its next regular meeting on Oct. 20 on the doctorate and administrative level experience issues. Board chairman Pat Welsh recommended the board state that a doctorate degree would be “preferred.” He also said that some form of managerial experience with school systems should be required. Some teachers have said they want the board to convince Lawson to stay on in his position.