Michael Goar, the interim superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, is one of 49 people who expressed interest in becoming the next head of Nashville Public Schools.

The names of applicants, obtained by the Tennessean newspaper and confirmed by the Star Tribune, lists people who submitted or started applications. Goar did not complete his application. He has publicly said he wants to be the permanent superintendent in Minneapolis.

Goar said he is not interested in becoming the head of Nashville schools, saying he was asked by a search firm to apply, but ultimately decided against it.

"I love my job in [Minneapolis Public Schools]," said Goar, whose contract is up for review next month.

The Minneapolis school board has hired a search firm to identify candidates to lead the district. The board does not have a deadline to hire a permanent superintendent.

Alejandra Matos