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Bibb School Board reviews superintendent applications

The Bibb County School board is getting closer to finding its next superintendent. Members met with the Georgia School Boards Association Wednesday night to review the now 23 applications.

One person from Georgia withdrew their submission, making 17 applicants from the peach state and six from out-of state. Bill Sampson with the GSBA says the candidates, who are mostly from the southeastern part of the U.S., are ranked by the association before they are given to the school board.

Applicants are ranked by tiers one, two and three depending on how they meet the posted job qualifications.

"The top tier would be the group that met all or most of the qualifications of the board. The second tier would be the group that met some but not necessarily all. And the third tier would be the group that met the fewest," said Sampson. "For instance, the Bibb County Board said that a person must have a doctorate degree for them to consider. And so if someone applied and didn't have a doctorate degree, obviously they wouldn't be in the first tier."

Sampson says he'll probably recommend the school board works quickly in the process so they don't lose some of their top choices.

Board member Tom Hudson shared what he is looking for in the next superintendent.

"I think we need to make sure we hire the best person, that will not be influenced by special interest groups, but value the community as a whole. And be able to pull the community together," he said. "What's very important is that whoever we hire, the whole community needs to come behind that person and make sure that we do a better job of educating our children."

Candidates names won't be announced until they narrow the list down to three finalists. Over the next week and a half to two weeks, the board will review the applications individually and then come together as a group to discuss in executive session. That date hasn't been set yet, but members are considering April 28th and/or May 1st.

They also plan on discussing overall goals the board wishes to achieve, which will better help in the superintendent search.

At Thursday's school board meeting, they will review the five-year-facilities plan. It, in part, outlines what schools will close and plans to build new ones.


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