Details aired on superintendent proposal

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

“The local superintendent runs the school system, manages the people, recommends for hiring,” he said. “They have to run the school system the same way. The superintendent executes school board policy.”

While to be elected as superintendent, an individual need only be a registered voter within the county, an appointed superintendent must meet standards of education, training and experience set forth by the school board, Blanton said.

More than half of the state’s 26 appointed superintendents hold doctorate degrees; fewer than half of 1 percent in those where they are elected hold such a degree. “I’ve never known a district that hired somebody with less than a master’s degree,” he said.

“Your pool is small (in Franklin County) when you really get down to it,” said Blanton. “You would have the ability to draw from a very large pool on a national basis.”

If the school board opts for a binding referendum, county commissioners would be obligated to place it in the November ballot, Blanton said. If then passed by majority vote, the school board would have the responsibility of searching for and finding a superintendent to begin when Marks’ current term expires in Oct. 2016.

In his many years at the FSBA, Blanton has been part of 83 superintendent searches, on behalf of counties throughout the state. While Franklin County is not a member of the FSBA, opting over the past few years to save the roughly $5,000 in annual membership dues, the school board could turn to FSBA to conduct a nationwide search, lasting about four to six months, at an estimated cost of about $10,000 to $15,000.


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