The Bibb County school board Wednesday hired an Illinois company to help the school district find a new superintendent.
Proact Search will charge the district $21,000, plus travel expenses, to launch a national search for candidates with prior superintendent experience, as well as nontraditional leaders.
“We’re not trying to restrict (the search base) in any manner,” Bibb school board member Tommy Barnes said.
The Wilmette, Ill.-based firm led a superintendent search for the Savannah-Chatham County school system as well as school districts in St. Louis, Chicago and Seattle.
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“They are data driven,” Bibb school board president Gary Bechtel said of the search company. “They were very flexible in terms of their timeline,” which ranged from finding a new leader within 60 days to six months.
The school board tentatively has set a meeting at 6 p.m. June 2 with the firm to develop an ideal profile for a new leader.
The board also plans to schedule summer public meetings to get community input.
The school system has been without a permanent superintendent for three months.
In February, the school board negotiated a $198,000 settlement to buy out the contract of former Superintendent Sharon Patterson 17 months early.
Patterson had led the system for a decade.
The school board has agreed to use up to $50,000 from the system’s general fund to help with the superintendent search. Using a search firm is more likely to generate higher-level candidates drawn from a wider net, Bechtel said.
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