The Bibb County school board has just over a week and a half to pick an interim superintendent or they could be in violation of state law.
That's according to the district's attorney Randy Howard.
The state requires every district to have a superintendent. The board put Susanne Griffin-Ziebart in as acting superintendent, but her term ends May 1.
Twenty-nine people applied for the interim spot. The application deadline was Friday.
Wanda West and acting board president Sue Sipe will take suggestions from the board this week on how to pick their top candidate.
The board plans to vote on the procedure at their meeting next Thursday.
Board members hope the superintendent search, their budget crunch, and other agenda items will be a little easier after Thursday night's meeting.
They hired a facilitator from the Georgia School Board Association to help them develop a unified vision for the district.
The board addressed their concerns on how to move forward, including suggestions like not focusing on the past, being better prepared at meetings, and establishing better lines of communication within the district.
"The starting point is to have the opportunity to digress and to have courageous conversations around the issues. This particular session allowed that. Board members got to reflect on where we've been, where we are, and where we're going," says West.
The board paid $700 out of the district's general fund to bring in the facilitator.
Sipe says some community members have voiced concern about that cost, given the district's financial crunch and possible loss of jobs on the horizon.
Sipe read a statement at the end of Thursday's meeting saying she intends to find other ways to foot the bill.