The Jackson County Board of Education on Monday will consider a contract with an agency to help the district look for its next superintendent.
The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) will spearhead an effort to seek, evaluate and determine potential candidates for the next superintendent of the Jackson County School System.
Superintendent Shannon Adams is retiring from the district at the end of the school year because of health concerns. Adams recently said that the progression of his Parkinson’s Disease led to his decision to retire sooner than he initially planned.
On Thursday, the board of education heard from a representative of the GSBA about conducting a search for Adams’ replacement.
Jim Puckett of the GSBA emphasized that the agency won’t make a decision for naming the new superintendent — but instead will help the Jackson County Board of Education establish qualifications for the position, solicit applications and review potential candidates based on those qualifications. The BOE will ultimately pick the superintendent, he said.
A new superintendent could be named in April or May, Puckett explained. By state law, the board of education will have to announce its top three candidates and wait 14 days before making its decision on the next superintendent.
On Monday, the board of education will consider signing a contract with the GSBA for the superintendent search at a cost of $8,000.
Other items that the Jackson County BOE is expected to discuss on Monday include:
•the reappointment of voting districts for the Jackson County School System. After the 2010 Census, the district lines are being redrawn to account of population growth. The new district lines are not new school attendance zones. The board’s action on Monday will send its new reappointment map to state Rep. Tommy Benton, who will introduce it as legislation for the General Assembly’s next session that begins in January. The map will still have to get preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice and signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal. Qualifying for the 2012 election will be held in May. It is possible that the new map may not be used for the 2012 election, if it doesn’t clear those steps and is given to election officials in Jackson County in time.
•a resolution to support a waiver to the state board of education’s rule requiring that 65 percent of all operating expenses by a school system be spent on direct classroom expenditures — such as salaries and benefits for teachers and paraprofessionals, costs for instructional materials and costs for classroom-related activities. Assistant superintendent for finance and information services Jeff Sanchez explained on Thursday that meeting that rule is difficult, given declining revenue. The school system has received a similar waiver from the state department of education in previous years, including in 2010. The rule became effective with the 2008 fiscal year for school systems in Georgia.
•a change in the board of education’s work session and regular meeting in December, due to scheduling conflicts for board members and superintendent Adams
•a discussion of the final Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results
•a discussion of the two quotes that the school system received for its Tax Anticipation Note (TAN)
•comments from Redd Howe, a citizen who has addressed the board several times in recent months about athletic costs associated with the district’s two high schools and booster club funds.
For more details about these items, see the Nov. 16 issue of The Jackson Herald.