The search for a McDuffie County School Superintendent continues as members of the Board of Education met last Thursday to go over the 31 applications received and narrow down their choices.
"We have a good pool of candidates and the search is going smoothly," Board Chairwoman Georgia Hobbs said.
The BOE hired the Georgia School Boards Association to oversee the application and screening process, so all applications were sent to the association. GSBA Consultant Bill Sampson said a panel of retired superintendents reviewed the applications, ranked them and divided them into three categories: highly qualified, average and not qualified. Mr. Sampson met with the board members last Thursday to discuss the findings.
According to records from Mr. Sampson, 21 of the applications were from Georgia and others were from Massachusetts, Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. Nine of the applicants are superintendents of other systems, seven are assistant superintendents, three former superintendents, two principals, two educational consultants, and other positions included professional learning coordinator, chief instruction officer, professor, director, teacher, director of grant development and literacy coach.
The education degrees ranged from masters and specialists in education, doctorate of philosophy to doctorate in education.
Mrs. Hobbs said the board members will begin interviews in two weeks. She said she "doubts seriously" they will have someone hired by current Superintendent Mark Petersen's last day. If that's the case, Mrs. Hobbs said the school board will appoint an interim superintendent until they are able to hire one.
At the end of March, Dr. Petersen turned in his letter of retirement from Georgia Public Schools to the Board of Education. His retirement is effective June 30, at which time Dr. Petersen will become superintendent of the Ninety-Six School System in Greenwood County, S.C.