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Time line set for superintendent search

From left, DCSS public Information Director R.D. Harter, BOE member Milton Griffin, GSBA consultant Bill Sampson, School Board chair Carol Tharin and Board member Lane Price met Friday to set parameters and a timeline for the district’s search for permanent superintendent. (Staff Photo by Terry Lewis)

From left, DCSS public Information Director R.D. Harter, BOE member Milton Griffin, GSBA consultant Bill Sampson, School Board chair Carol Tharin and Board member Lane Price met Friday to set parameters and a timeline for the district’s search for permanent superintendent. (Staff Photo by Terry Lewis)

ALBANY — A three-person Dougherty County School System steering committee on Friday has established a time line as the district’s search for a new school superintendent begins to gather steam. The committee also discussed with Georgia School Board Association consultant Bill Sampson on what information should be on the final application.

As the meeting began, committee and Board chair Carol Tharin said six of seven board member surveys had been returned as well as those of 21 local principals. The surveys, which are being collected by Sampson, allows the board and DCSS administrators to have input as to what they’d like to see in a new superintendent.

Members of the community are also encouraged to complete the survey by clicking the link in the red box on the DCSS home page. Sampson is currently compiling all the input.

“I will share that (survey results) with each board member,” Sampson said.

The committee also decided to let the full board decide at its next meeting (on Nov. 4) whether the search will go nationwide or be limited to the southeastern U.S.

“I know (board member Darrel Ealum) wants to go national with the search, but I think we in the South know what our kids need,” committee member Milton “June Bug” Griffin said. “We need to get (a superintendent) from this area who knows it, and I am talking from the Southeast.”

Tharin said the full board will decide on the issue of national or regional advertising.

The committee also unanimously approved a working time line for the search:

— Nov. 4, edited application presented to the board.

— Another committee meeting TBD.

— Nov. 9, finalize application by vote of full board.

— Nov. 15, Begin advertising the position.

— Dec. 9, public forum to be held an hour before regular board meeting.

— Jan. 6, re-advertise the position.

— Jan. 24, acceptance of applications close.

— Feb. 11, called special meeting to discuss candidates in executive session.

— Feb. 26, board to decide finalists.

“We got a lot done today. Mr. Griffin has been through this process before and shared a lot of useful information,” Tharin said. “We finalized a time line and I feel good about that. We can do this is a timely manner.”