School board schedules meetings as Clarke school superintendent search nears end

Clarke County Board of Education members met Wednesday to begin the process of sorting through candidates to become the next Clarke County school superintendent as a self-imposed April deadline approaches.

 

The board has scheduled eight special meetings in the next three weeks as they work toward finding the person they think will be best for the job, including an April 3 meeting at 6 p.m. when the public can meet finalists for the position.

A location isn’t yet set for that public meeting.

The board has set April 4 as the day they’ll announce the next superintendent.

Board members met Wednesday at the school district’s H.T. Edwards Building with members of the search firm they hired to help with the process of finding and screening candidates to succeed Philip Lanoue, who stepped down in January after an eight-year tenure.

Hired late last year, the search firm Hazard Young Attea earlier held meetings with board members, teachers, counselors, parents and other interested groups about what qualities they’d like to see in the school district’s next superintendent, what they thought are the strengths and weaknesses of the district and the like.

Hundreds of other people filled out online surveys in what was turned into not only a look ahead at the future, but a look back at what worked well — or didn’t work — during Lanoue’s years here.

Many questioned how the school district is using technology, for example, or whether schools’ increasing reliance on internet resources is a disadvantage for some low-income students.

Retired University of Georgia professor and administrator Jack Parish, also a former Georgia school superintendent, is serving as interim superintendent until a new head of the school district is named.

Board members’ first review of candidates will be on paper, but the board has set aside the evenings of March 21 and 22 for candidate interviews.

The following week, from March 28-30, the board has scheduled a dinner meeting with each of the finalists individually on each of those days. Those meeting will be followed by the “community involvement” meeting with the finalists April 3.

The board’s announcement of the person they’ve picked for the job is scheduled for April 4 at 8 a.m. in a conference room of the H.T. Edwards Building.

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