PERRY -- The Houston County school board approved a schedule Wednesday for appointing the districts new superintendent.
The board plans to pick a new school leader by April 8, when the superintendent selection will be announced at the regular school board meeting.
Superintendent Robin Hines, who has held the job for the past four years, announced his retirement Friday. He will retire at the end of May.
The board will only accept candidates from within the Houston County school system.
We as a board and as a school system feel very confident about the personnel we have within our system, said Marianne Melnick, the board chairwoman.
The position will be posted Friday, and the application window will close March 6. The board will interview candidates March 14 and will announce the new superintendent April 8.
Board members unanimously approved the schedule during a school board retreat.
The board also plans to reach out to some school employees to gather feedback about qualities the new leader should have. Principals, counselors and other administrators will receive surveys next week, and their responses will be considered when picking a new superintendent, board members said.
This is probably the most important job we have as a board of education, Melnick said.
Some Houston school employees might notice a boost in their pay next year as a result of a budget proposal, which would pay them back for the two years their salaries were frozen.
Employees have built-in salary increases, which are mainly based on how long they have worked, but those increases were frozen in 2009 and 2010 for Houston County employees -- and most education workers across the state -- as a result of a weak economy and budget woes.
The tentative fiscal 2015 budget will likely include those earned pay raises that were cut, Stephen Thublin, assistant superintendent of finance and business operations, said during the retreat.
For the past two years, Houston employees have received pay raises, and the budget would also include the raises for next year. Altogether, it would cost roughly $3.3 million.
I feel really good about this, Hines said. I think employees are going to be happy.
Prekindergarten registration begins Monday for Houston County students, and officials expect about 1,000 students to register.
It will be the second time prekindergarten registration has been held at the central registration office, which opened in January 2013. Instead of registering at individual schools, parents now go to the central office at 303 S. Davis Drive. From June 2013 to January, the office registered more than 4,800 students with July being the busiest month, said Cindy Flesher, assistant superintendent of school operations.
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