Supt. search

The search for a new school superintendent could get underway as soon as the middle of February, even as the board revises the job description for the post.

At its monthly work session last Thursday morning, the board of education instructed Assistant Superintendent LeVance Gay to revise the job description that was advertised for the job locally in 2010 and 2017, the last two times a search was conducted.

Board chairperson Linda Zechmann told the board she had obtained two superintendent job description examples from the Georgia School Board Association.

“I would suggest taking ours and blending it with the new examples,” Zechmann said.

The board was in agreement with the chair’s suggestion.

Third district board member Chip Griner said he wanted to begin the search for a new superintendent soon.

“I would like for us to move on it sooner rather than later,” he said.

 Gay advised he would need some time to put together the job description.

The board discussed having it ready for the agenda for Monday night’s regular meeting, but agreed to give it more time.

The board also considered going ahead and posting the job for hire, but again decided to wait at least a week.

“Let’s plan on having a called meeting to proceed with the search,” said Zechmann.

A called meeting to post the job for hire and approve the job description could come as early as the end of this week.

The board is seeking a replacement for Dr. Kevin Smith who announced last month he would be stepping down when his contract expires in June. Smith has served as superintendent for the past three years. The outgoing superintendent has said he may look for an additional position or he may retire following 39 years in education.

Speculation has already begun in the community about whether the board will promote from within or go outside the system for the next school superintendent.

Several names have already started circulating as possible candidates for the job including assistant superintendent LeVance Gay, high school principal Dara Bennett, Midway Elementary  principal Dr. Walker Todd, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment Yvette Newton and special programs and testing coordinator Dr. Anita Harris.

Todd said he is happy in his work as principal at Midway, but has not ruled out applying for superintendent.

“I enjoy my work at Midway, but I would be open to new challenges and opportunities,” he said.

Bennett and Newton did not respond to requests for comment.

Gay and Harris have both said they will not be applying for superintendent.