Bibb School Board Hires Group to Help with Superintendent Search

8:09 AM, Mar 7, 2013   |    comments
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Members of the Bibb County School Board Wednesday night laid out first steps in their search for Romain Dallemand's successor.

In a 7-0 vote, they decided to hire the Georgia School Board Association, based in Atlanta, to help guide the process of finding and narrowing down candidates for the superintendent job. 

One board member, Tom Hudson, abstained from the vote. He told 13WMAZ he favors GSBA, but felt the system should have evaluated other companies and heard more presentations before voting.

GSBA's services will cost a flat fee of $10,000. That cost includes producing brochures about the Bibb School system and mailing them to possible contenders. Mileage and accomodations for any face-to-face visits GSBA staff make to Macon are not included.

GSBA representative Jim Puckett, who presented Wednesday night, says the process usually requires two or three visits. Susan Sipe, acting board president will serve as the contact person for GSBA and she will funnel information to the rest of the board.

He outlined the basics for the board, detailing a 17 step protocol that includes deciding on qualifications, determining which qualifications will be preferred and which will be mandatory, determining a timetable for the search, and sending out brochures and e-mails.

Once a list of contenders is gathered, GSBA will divide it between those who mostly meet qualifications, those who meet some qualifications, and those who do not meet minimum qualifications.

The organization will then present the list, without names or current locations, to the board, so members can narrow it down and begin interviews.

Once three finalists are selected, their names will be released to the public.  Rules say the district must wait fourteen days from the release of the list to vote on a candidate. 

During that time, GSBA will also conduct a community input survey in Bibb County.

Jim Puckett told 13WMAZ, while each system varies, the whole process usually takes anywhere from four to six months.

GSBA will also be involved in the search for the interim superintendent. Wednesday night, the group gave the board a list of 18 current superintendents who said they would be willing to serve in that temporary capacity. That list includes former Bibb superintendent Sharon Patterson.

The district used a similar service from a different group in 2010, when an offer was made to Romain Dallemand.

Dallemand's contract was bought out for a sum of $350,000 last month.

Deputy superintendent Susanne Griffin-Ziebart was named acting superintendent last week until an interim can be selected.

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