HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. -

School board members in Hawkins County  are taking steps to learn more about the current frontrunner for Director of Schools.

They say they plan to make a final decision at their meeting on May 22nd.

We're told finalist Dixie Bowen, who is currently the Supervisor of Students for the Bristol Tennessee school system, was asking for $118,000 plus benefits to take the position.

The school board offered her just over $103,000, but that wasn't enough to convince Bowen to take the position.   

Now board members are entering into talks with a second finalist Jim Ailshie.

Ailshie is currently principal at Rogersville Middle School.

Members of the school board will visit Ailshie's school next week.