Board interviewing superintendent semifinalists
The school board is interviewing the three remaining semifinalists this morning who are vying to fill the superintendent post.
Heidi Carter, the board chairwoman, said the board interviewed three of the six semifinalists Thursday.
The board is expected to cut the list of six to three or four and interview them Tuesday.
One of the finalists interviewed next week could be named superintendent before the end of June.
“We accomplished everything we intended to,” Carter said in an interview this morning when asked about Thursday’s interviews.
School board member Fredrick Davis again did not take part in the interviews, keeping his pledge to not participate if three newly elected board members, who won’t be sworn in until July, were allowed to attend the interviews and serve in an advisory role.
The board voted 4-3 to allow the three board members-elect -- Mike Lee, Matt Sears and Sendolo Diaminah – to join the search process during a contentious board meeting last week.
Carter and board members Nancy Cox, Leigh Bordley and Natalie Beyer voted in favor of the motion to include the newly-elected members who won’t take office until July.
School board Vice Chairwoman Minnie Forte-Brown and board members Davis and Omega Curtis Parker voted against including them.
Those in favor said allowing board-members elect to participate is one way to build a bridge between new members and old members and to receive additional input from the community on an important decision.
And those who voted against argued that the job of hiring a superintendent is solely that of the current board. They also said it would set a bad precedent to allow anyone other than current members have such an intimate role in the process.
The search for a new superintendent drew interest from 314 people from 48 states, including 98 from 28 states who were interested enough in the job to complete the application package.
The person selected will replace Eric Becoats who resigned in December amid criticism over his management of the school district.