Should superintendent be hired?

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 09:41 AM.

She stressed that hiring a superintendent would provide a larger pool of qualified school leaders. “We would no longer be limited to individuals living in district and are willing to or can afford to run for office,” Shiver wrote. “Our CEO should spend his or her effort on student achievement and not how each decision will affect next election. The superintendent of our schools should spend their time working with administrators to improve our school, rather than giving attention to winning an election.”

Alongside the supporting arguments, Shiver noted the opposing arguments.

“Generally, hired superintendents have a higher pay scale to include benefits package, career development, and perks,” she wrote. “Canceling contract may result in severance and leave pay.”

Shiver wrote that a committee would have to be formed to set job description, requirements and contract. “A search and hiring committee will need to be established and may result in additional expenses,” she said.

Lastly, she wrote that “voters may feel an outsider is not able to relate to our unique area.”

The only school board member to speak on the issue was David Hinton, who served in the Air Force before becoming a science teacher at Carrabelle High School.

“As a retired military person, one of the things I’m concerned about is that I don’t want us to ever give up a vote for anybody for anything,” he said. “No one has ever said constitutional government is the most efficient government, (but I do not want) to take away the vote from the public.”

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