Saturday, January 26, 2008

Superintendent Search Narrows

Why, one might ask, did the Board of Education meet in closed session three times last week at city restaurants?

The answer is that the consulting firm for the superintendent’s search had recommended that when the board got down to three finalists, a dinner with each one would help the board decide on a sole finalist. So the meeting schedule indicates the board is on schedule with the process set forth by the search firm, Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the board also approved spending $1,800 for three members to visit one of five cities. It was a recommendation of the search firm that board members visit the district of the finalist. In an apparent tactic to preserve confidentiality, the resolution does not single out a city. Those named are Miami, Fla.; Chicago, Ill.; Racine, Wis.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Washington, D.C.

The search schedule calls for a vote on the finalist in February. The board’s stated goal is to have a new superintendent in place by July 1, the beginning of the 2008-09 school year.

Meanwhile, petitions are available at the district business office, 504 Madison Ave., for the April 15 school board election. Petitions must be filed at the district office by 4 p.m. Feb. 25. Three three-year seats are up for election. Incumbents in those seats are Bridget Rivers, Vickey Sheppard and Agurs Linward Cathcart Jr.

--Bernice Paglia


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