Houston officials set to interview superintendent candidates

alopez@macon.comMarch 12, 2014 

PERRY -- The Houston County school board will interview superintendent candidates Friday.

The board received applications from two men, both confirmed by schools spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin as being in-house candidates.

McLaughlin also released the vacancy announcement that outlined the requirements for the position.

A minimum level certification from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission is required, along with successful administrative experience as a principal. Central office and teaching experience is considered important but not mandatory, according to the announcement.

The last day to apply was March 6.

Outgoing Superintendent Robin Hines announced his retirement last month, and the board is tasked with finding someone to continue the progress made under his four-year administration.

In their report of the external review for Houston County schools conducted last fall, accreditation evaluators with AdvancED awarded the system’s governing body with the highest performance level score possible.

“Pride in the ‘Houston County Way’ was clearly evidenced throughout the external review. Board members, administrators, teachers, and students spoke with confidence about principles and expectations that are woven into a strong cultural fabric,” the report stated.

Overall, Houston County students perform above state norms on required performance measures, the report stated.

The board will name the finalists for the superintendent position after completing interviews Friday. The plan is to announce the new superintendent during the regularly scheduled board meeting April 8, McLaughlin said.

To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 256-9751.

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