LEE — Lee Public Schools could be days from hiring its first full-time superintendent in nearly nine years.

On Monday, the Lee-Tyringham Union 29 Committee begins three nights of interviews, including a Pittsfield Public Schools principal, to find a successor for Howard "Jake" Eberwein III. All three Tyringham School Committee members and three of the seven from the Lee School Committee make up the six-person panel.

Eberwein, a former Pittsfield schools superintendent, resigned from the Lee position last month, after two years as the school district's top educator.

Union 29, charged with hiring the superintendent, will interview Martin McEvoy and Tara Brandt on Monday; Portia Bonner followed by Aaron Osborne on Tuesday; and will finish up Wednesday questioning Michael Richard. All three question-and-answer sessions are scheduled for 6 p.m. at Lee Middle and High School.

An expanded 10-member version of the Union 29 committee that includes the entire Lee School Committee plans to deliberate and decide Wednesday, after the fifth interview, whether to hire a new superintendent.

David Hastings, a retired superintendent from the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, was hired last month to bridge the gap between Eberwein and the new superintendent.

McEvoy. a principal at Herberg Middle School, is the only Berkshire County candidate. He has worked in several local school districts, including six years (2007-2013) as an English teacher in the Lee school system.

The other four seeking to run the Lee schools include two sitting superintendents: Osborne from the Hampshire Regional School District and Richard of West Springfield Public Schools.

Bonner, a former superintendent in East Haven Conn., and currently an education consultant, and Brandt, director of mathematics in Holyoke Public Schools, round out the lists of finalists.

Union 29 announced the five finalists at its Jan. 13 meeting. The committee's consultant, Liz Lafond, recommended the finalists from a pool of only eight applicants. Lafond said she chose from a "very small, but strong" pool of candidates.

Lee Public Schools is seeking its first full-time superintendent since Jason McCandless left in July 2013 to become Pittsfield's schools superintendent.

Lee went to a part-time superintendent after two failed attempts to hire a full-timer to succeed McCandless and an unsuccessful effort to share a superintendent with either the Berkshire Hills Regional or Lenox school districts.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com.