The Arlington School Board has set a deadline of Jan. 23 to receive applications for the post of superintendent. The current superintendent, Larry Cuban, announced last month he will leave in March to accept an educational research post.

The school board, meeting in executive session Monday, also set Jan. 13 for a public hearing to give citizens a chance to outline the criteria they believe the board should use in choosing a new superintendent and what goals the school system should have. The hearing will be at 7:30 at the Education Center, 1426 N Quincy St.

Board members agreed that the board itself will act as the screening committee to interview applicants, but will bring in a consultant to help in the selection process.

"It's not likely we'll hire a professional consulting firm, but we will need a consultant," said school board chairman O. U. Johansen. "I don't think the board will be able to do all the work itself."

Brochures are now being prepared 'to sent to graduate schools, state departments of education and professional education associations outlining the superintendent's responsibilities and describing the school system in general, said Joan Lewis, the school system's public information officer.

One option open to the board is to appoint an interim superintendent on March 1, the date Cuban's resignation takes effect, to serve until July 1 when, under state law, all Virginia superintendents' contracts expire. Johansen said the board has not made any decision on whether to appoint an interim superintendent.