As the application window for Bibb County schools superintendent ended Tuesday, many of the candidates are educators from Georgia.
As of last week, 20 candidates had applied for the position. Still, some applicants wait until the last minute, and officials expected more applications to come in. Applications are considered as long as they are postmarked before or on the deadline date, board member Lynn Farmer, who leads the search committee, said Tuesday during a called board meeting.
Out of the 20 applicants so far, 13 are from Georgia, two are from South Carolina, two are from Alabama, two are from Virginia and one is from Massachusetts. Four are current superintendents, and two are former superintendents. One candidate is a regional superintendent, and two are deputy superintendents. As for the others, one is CEO of a business, and the rest are educators.
“It shows that we have a high quality of candidates applying for the job,” Farmer said.
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Board members have indicated they would like to hire a permanent superintendent by October. Interim Superintendent Steve Smith’s contract recently was extended to Dec. 31.
Board members unanimously voted to tentatively abolish some policies, as suggested by the Georgia School Boards Association.
The school system hired the association for $10,500 to review its policies. The association’s team of lawyers read Bibb County schools’ policies and determined that several actually are state law. They found those policies were simply restating the law and, therefore, were unnecessary, Smith said.
The school system department heads reviewed the suggested changes and approved them. The school board officially will vote on the policy changes after reviewing a draft of the revisions.
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