Pulaski County Special School District’s ongoing search for a new superintendent continued this week with a series of public meetings held in all corners.
Two were on Monday at Maumelle and Sylvan Hills high schools, with two more following on Tuesday at Mills and Robinson high schools.
The meetings were conducted by Ray and Associates, a search firm hired by the district to help with the search.
The Monday night meeting was sparsely attended as three parents and two members of the media were in attendance, along with Ray and Associates Bill Newman, a former superintendent in Iowa, who now lives in Mountain Home.
The meeting started promptly at 6:30 p.m. and Newman wanted to know from those in attendance what they wanted in a new superintendent.
Despite the lack of numbers, plenty of opinions were offered and included having a superintendent who would put students first, along with improving the culture of the district in regards to safety on campus.
Some also hoped for the end of the “good ol’ boy” system that they thought dominates the hiring process.
Newman also went over the district’s timeline with a resolution hoped for this Spring.
But there’s lots of little steps that need to be taken first, Newman explained.
An online survey is ongoing, and these meetings are only about a third of the way through. In a handout distributed to those in attendance, next up is generation of a flyer as the position will be advertised nationally.
The flyer will include a job description and way for people to apply online.
A March12 deadline has been set to have applications in and a list of candidates will be generated by Ray and Associates for the board to choose finalists.
Those applying, their names will not be disclosed in this process, Newman said and interviews will be set for the week of April 2. Another round of interview could happen the week of April 9.
The last stage is Stage 5 and those dates are still to be determined but will contract terms and that being offered to the person chosen by the School Board.
Janice Warren is currently serving as the district’s interim superintendent, after the Board fired Jerry Guess, who had been serving in that role.
Guess was named the superintendent after the state took over the school district in 2011. The superintendent before that was Charles Hopson, who has since died.