Superintendent candidates considered behind closed doors
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
A closed-door meeting with no cameras allowed will play a large part in choosing Dougherty County Schools' next Superintendent.
School board members spent hours Tuesday discussing two dozen applicants vying to be the next leader of the school system.
It's the first step in a lengthy process, and board members say it's important to be as diligent as possible to make sure they find the right leader.
Dougherty County school board members met behind closed doors for about three hours Tuesday, reviewing applications for their next superintendent.
"We've got some phenomenal candidates," said board member Darrel Ealum. "So my thought process is to find someone that we feel like is the right fit and someone that understands Dougherty County, understands our special circumstances and can come and be a fit in our community and lead us to the next level."
Bill Sampson with the Georgia School Board Association presented 24 applications to board members, divided into three parts.
"The folks at GSBA have collected all the applications, they've reviewed them and they've ranked them according to the qualifications that the Dougherty County board put in their application process," said Sampson.
Board members say meeting the right qualifications is crucial to keeping the school system on the right track.
"The whole future of the Dougherty County school system depends on the level of leadership that we're getting from the top," said board member Lane Price. "Our school system has made dramatic improvements in the last 18 months, since Dr. Mosely has been here. But we are not where we want to be. We've still got a long ways to go."
Dr. David Mosely took over as interim superintendent in January 2013 after Dr. Joshua Murfree was released from his contract in a mutual agreement with the board. Mosely's contract expires in June. He's expressed interest in becoming the permanent replacement, but only if the board can't find a suitable alternative candidate
"There's a lot of work to be done here," added Ealum, "[and] a lot of analysis on our part. The board members are dedicated to working hard collectively and confidentially."
Board members will carefully evaluate each applicant. They will meet next Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. to discuss the top applicants and try to narrow it down to a smaller group.