“But I’m not sure they will be interested in this job if you guys are having a witch hunt...”
-- Interim Superintendent Steve Smith, February 2014
As the Bibb County school system gets ready to work with its second interim leader, Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, the search for a new superintendent is no closer than it was in February 2013 when former Superintendent Romain Dallemand took a buyout and left the district. This will be the board’s third search and it can just about give up hope of having a new superintendent by the end of the school year.
Was interim Superintendent Steve Smith prophetic? While the district doesn’t have to disclose applicants’ names until they settle on the final three, it would be interesting to know how many candidates were unacceptable to the board and how many withdrew their names from consideration.
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In education circles, this is embarrassing. The board has had a total of 67 applicants in the last two searches and word is out. In the previous two years, The Georgia School Boards Association has conducted searches for 33 Georgia systems, including Bibb, and that doesn’t count Houston and Peach counties, which have new superintendents this school year. Since 2010, the GSBA has conducted 165 searches for superintendents.
There is a pretty set rule in hiring. “A” players go quickly. They don’t sit around waiting by the phone. That leaves “B” and “C” players left standing. Of course, with the high superintendent turnover, the Bibb district could luck out with its third search, or it could wander in the wilderness as it is doing now.
It does make one wonder. Bibb is one of the state’s largest school districts, yet, there is no one in the system the board deems worthy of the title of superintendent -- or have the capable ones decided Bibb’s problems are just too deep?