Hiring a superintendent based on the community’s input is highly important for members of the Clinton City Schools Board of Education.
With assistance from the North Carolina School Board Association, the CCS board is facilitating a search for the next superintendent. Former superintendent Dr. Stuart Blount announced his plans for retirement in February, and the board hired Dr. Stewart Hobbs Jr. to serve as interim until someone could be hired.
As one of the top priorities for the current members, the board is seeking public input through online and paper surveys. Data collected through the surveys will be complied and used to determine which qualities and characteristics the community desires in the next superintendent.
The board is seeking direct input from interested members of the staff and community to help shape the search process and assist in defining the qualities and characteristics of the next leader for the school system.
“We want to get everyone involved in the selection process,” Carol Worley, board chairwoman, said about the staff and community input for the system’s new superintendent. “It’s an exciting time when you are going through a change in leadership and looking forward to where the school system is going to go.”
Deadline for all surveys to be completed is Monday, April 30, with results to be compiled, summarized and presented by NCSBA at the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, May 7.
The search for a permanent superintendent continues, with applications due May 14. Those applications will be made available to the board May 25. Between then and June 4, the board will review those applications and meet June 4 to choose candidates to be interviewed in the first round.
During the period between the initial and final interviews, NCSBA will conduct complete and thorough reference checks and request the criminal and credit background checks of the finalists.
Finalists will be chosen between June 18-24 and final interviews will be conducted between July 16-22. Contract discussions will take place between July 23-27. A final announcement is planned for July 27, with employment to begin Aug. 27.
In addition to searching for a superintendent, the board has been posed with naming someone to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of board member E.R. Mason. The board has scheduled a special-called meeting for Friday, April 27, at 8 a.m. in the Central Office board room to discuss the process for nominating someone to the position.
For those who miss the survey deadline or would like to publicly offer their input, members of the community will also have the opportunity to speak during upcoming board meetings.
Citizens may sign up to address the board during the public comment period at any of the upcoming regular board meetings. All meetings will be held in the media center at Sampson Middle School, located at 1201 West Elizabeth Street. Citizens must sign up to speak before the meeting begins and must otherwise comply with board policies and guidelines.
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