Details aired on superintendent proposal

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

Citizens committee would assist selection

To assist in the selection, from what Blanton said could be as many as 50 applicants, including individuals from within the county, a citizens committee could be created by the school board, made up of a cross-section of citizens from throughout the county.

“I’ve never had a board turn down a citizens committee’s recommendation,” said Blanton. “You need to work through the process so the community is comfortable.”

He said one advantage to having an appointed superintendent is that the community can find a candidate who has the training and experience to meet specific goals, whether to improve public relations, or bolster vocational education, or whatever the priorities may be.

“What you look at is the community’s needs,” Blanton said. “Neither superman or superwoman is available. But you go out and find that superintendent with that track record. Your qualifications and what you come to is very, very important. It is important that the school board and superintendent have good communication.”

He said electing a superintendent from among local candidates has advantages as well. “You're going to elect somebody you know, you’re going to elect somebody from your community, who’s going to know the needs of this community,” he said. “(With an appointed superintendent), there’s going to be a little learning curve.”

Blanton said that while he or she does not face reelection, and serves only at the pleasure of the school board, an appointed superintendent is shielded from election politics, but that does not mean politics is removed completely from the school district.



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