Decatur School Board calls meeting to discuss superintendent search

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 21, 2015
City Schools of Decatur Board of Education. File Photo by Carey O'Neil

City Schools of Decatur Board of Education. File Photo by Carey O’Neil

Decatur’s School Board plans to meet later this week on Sept. 24 and could name one or more finalists for the superintendent’s job.

Superintendent Phyllis Edwards in March announced her intent to resign but is staying until the board names her successor. Her contract ends on Dec. 31.

The meeting on Sept. 24 begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes an executive session. There is one action item titled “Superintendent Search.” The meeting will be held at the central office located at 125 Electric Avenue. All meetings are open to the public.

Chairman Garrett Goebel recently told Decaturish interviews are finished and the board is now vetting the candidates. The board could name up to three finalists, he said. He said once the board announces finalists, the board will have to wait 14 days to approve a contract, meaning that a new superintendent could be in place by October.

“In the last month, the board has interviewed eight candidates,” Goebel said. “A community interview panel composed of 13 members has interviewed a short list of those candidates. The board has subsequently held a second round of interviews with the short list. We are currently in the process of vetting candidates. We are hopeful that we will be ready to announce finalists before the end of the month.”

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