Houston superintendent hunt will begin internally

PERRY — The Houston County Board of Education decided Monday to first search internally to replace retiring Superintendent David Carpenter.

During a called meeting Monday, the board decided the superintendent vacancy announcement would be posted today until March 4 for employees of the Houston County school system. Each board member agreed it would be best to focus the search for the county’s next superintendent internally first. If a suitable candidate is not found within that applicant pool, the board will work with the Georgia School Boards Association to conduct a larger search.

“Selecting a superintendent is one of the most powerful and exciting decisions a board of education can make. It’s an important decision,” said board member Helen Hughes, who offered a pros and cons list of searching for a superintendent both internally and outside the system.

Doing so will make sure the board gives those applicants proper consideration before investing resources elsewhere.

“The status quo is not good, but I do believe we have people who can move us forward,” said board member Marianne Melnick.

Board member Fred Wilson also pointed out that an external search with the GSBA could be expensive. A previous search cost the school system $15,000.

During the 10-day application period, input will be sought from the staff and school councils in Houston County regarding expectations of the new superintendent.

The job description requires candidates to have experience as a principal, experience with administration, budgets and personnel and have a goal-oriented management style, among other qualifications.

Board Chairman Tom Walmer said he expects the board to choose the new superintendent by early May so that person can transition into the job before Carpenter’s last day May 28.

To contact Andrea Castillo, call 256-9751.