Crawford County searching for new school superintendent

The search for a new Crawford County school superintendent is underway.

The position became available with the retirement of Superintendent John Douglas, a longtime employee of the system, at the end of the school year.

Board member Brad Cody said it’s possible but unlikely that a new superintendent will be in place by the start of the school year, which is Aug. 24.

“We want to get it right, so we are not going to rush the process,” he said.

The search is being conducted by the Middle Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency, which began taking applications Monday. Applications will be taken through July 6.

Douglas was named interim superintendent in 2007 and eventually got the permanent job. Cody noted that Douglas took the job about the time the state began cutting back education funding.

“He did a good job,” Cody said. “He led us through some tough years.”

The board has appointed Rhonda Harris, a longtime system employee who is in charge of the Title I program, as interim superintendent.

Middle Georgia RESA provides assistance to school systems and is funded by member school districts. Cody said the organization will help narrow down the candidates, and ultimately the board will make the final decision on a new school system leader.

Among the requirements for the job posted on the Middle Georgia RESA website are having a specialist’s degree and being a resident of Crawford County or willing to relocate there.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.