GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- The search continues for a new Grand Island Public Schools superintendent. 

The GIPS board of education met in executive session on Thursday to discuss the interim superintendent search for more than an hour. 

Dr. Tawana Grover announced last month that she would be resigning her position effective Jan. 11.

The board's new president, Hank McFarland, says the Nebraska Association School Board has helped with the search and that they have narrowed down to 3 candidates. 

“Well, I really can’t say much because that was in closed session, but I can say that they are different," McFarland said. "The NASB did a great job with providing us with some excellent candidates and it was difficult to decide which ones we wanted to put the final agreement to interview to, but I think we have a great mix and I thing we have some wonderful options.”

The motion to authorize NASB to contact the three candidates and have interviews scheduled was passed with a 9-0 vote

GIPS will share a public release with the names and times of interview once candidates have been contacted and agree to have their names publicly announced as finalists.