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District 186 Board Members Ready for Superintendent Candidates
The race for a new superintendent at District 186 is on.
A search committee has been looking for months to find the perfect candidates. The committee presented the board with a list of six candidates and starting Saturday, December 7, six individuals will sit down with school board members for an interview.
"We need to find someone who has that experience in terms of working with a community in total," said Sub District 3 board member Scott McFarland.
The board will narrow the list of candidates down to just two or three individuals.
"First thing is you want someone with enough experience to have developed some confidences that they can bring to the job," said school board President Chuck Flamini.
It's a job Flamini says isn't an easy one.
"Obviously, somebody that understands the budgetary process that can live within the means in which we have to spend," said Sub District 4 board member Mike Zimmers.
Community, experience, and understanding the budgetary process are the three main qualities and characteristics District 186 board members are hoping to find in the future superintendent.
"A district with 33 buildings, 15,500 kids, you talk about every issue that one could think about, it's here," said Flamini.
They're issues and problems board members hope a new superintendent will have solutions for.
"I think we're going to need someone to come in here and possibly look for new revenue streams, maybe has experience in garnering revenues from other sources," Flamini said.
Not only is the budget a big topic of concern, but Sub District 3 board member Scott McFarland says this superintendent needs to be an active one.
"We need someone who can definitely run the schools, but we need someone to reach out more to the city, to the county and working with them to improve what our school district can be," said McFarland.
Flamini says finding the right person for the job hasn't been an easy task.
"We have all kind of big issues that are going to be addressed. Funding, what are we going to do with instruction, and how we attack all of these issues," said Flamini.
The school board will introduce all of the chosen candidates at a public forum on Wednesday, December 11 at 5 p.m. at Grant Middle School.
There the public will hear from each of the candidates and will have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions.
The salary for the new superintendent will be decided during contract negotiations at a later date.