School board to select hiring process

Published 12:40am Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Selma City School Board met Thursday with the intention of making a decision on what its options would be regarding the superintendent search. And with the application deadline nearing, members still were at a stand still.

“We discussed this in the work session,” board president Henry Hicks said. “The question is, do we want to have a search team or go ahead and let Ms. [Katy] Campbell continue to do what she’s doing with receiving the applications?”

With Campbell, the board’s attorney, saying she had received roughly three or more applications so far, board member Holland Powell suggested looking over the applications the board has received to this point.

“I suggest that we schedule a meeting … have a called board meeting to review so we can give consideration of the superintendent applicants we received [Thursday],” Powell said. “I would like to make a motion that we convene a board meeting on the 17th, 5:30 p.m., the central office, to consider the applications that we’ve received from the posting of the superintendent’s position.”

Because of the recent July 1 extension to the board by the state department, Powell said time is running out.

“We’re up against the wall in decisions here, we don’t have time,” Powell said. “We have a certain extension that we cannot go past … we’re on a time constraint.”

The board has called a meeting on Thursday, May 17, to discuss the applications. During the meeting, the board can either choose a candidate or again decide to go with a search committee.

Interested applicants have until Wednesday, May 16, to apply for the open superintendent position. Applicants must be qualified in a variety of areas, including having successful experience as an administrator with a professional background that includes finance, instruction and personal leadership; experience in improving student achievement, parental involvement and staff support; effective verbal and written communication skills, superior ethics, personal integrity and proven leadership abilities, among others. The listing also included a projected salary range of $98,000 to $118,000.

Candidates must submit a letter of interest, an employment application along with a vitae and an official transcript from the institution where the highest degree was accepted, and three letters of reference to: Katy Smith Campbell, board attorney, P.O. Box 830870, Tuskegee, 36083.

The board will have a work session Tuesday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. inside the central office.

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