Input on new school superintendent sought tonight at public hearing

A public hearing will be held Monday night at 7 p.m. at Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville for residents to express their opinions on the characteristics they would like to see in the new school superintendent. Long-time superintendent John DeCotis will be retiring effective June 30.

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) has been hired to lead the search effort for the new superintendent and will be moderating the public hearing.

All members of the community, not just those with school-aged children, are encouraged to attend.

A GSBA consultant will also work with the school board to establish recruitment criteria and timelines. GSBA will use its database to post the vacancy. The database includes the school board associations of all 50 states.

GSBA will also receive, review and screen applications and will conduct reference checks on the top candidates. The consultant will meet with the school board to review applications and prepare board members for the interview process.

Among other functions GSBA will also moderate the interviews of top candidates. Subsequent to the interviews, the names and biographical information on as many as three finalists, the customary number of applicants deemed potentially acceptable for hire, will be released 14 days before any final decision to make the appointment.

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