Search starts for D29 leader

The Williston District 29 School Board has hired the S.C. School Boards Association (SCSBA) to lead the search for a new superintendent.

SCSBA Executive Director Scott Price attended the board’s special Dec. 11 meeting where he presented a basic proposal that includes various timelines, activities and phases to search for a new leader. He said they can tailor it to fit the district’s needs. Searches typically take between four and six months.

“This is one of the most important things you’ll do as a board. We want to make sure we find the best person for your district, students and community,” said Price, who suggested advertising the position after the first of the year.

He said one feature the SCSBA can set up is focus groups with various stakeholders to “determine the qualities you all want to see in a superintendent.” Some districts conduct online surveys while others hold public forums.

Most districts select 9 to 12 semi-finalists before narrowing the field to a few finalists. The SCSBA will set up interviews and help with questions, but the board ultimately makes the final decision about who to hire.

The board unanimously approved to hire the SCSBA. Price said their base fee is $12,000 to conduct the search.

This is not the first time the SCSBA has helped District 29 find a new superintendent. The SCSBA helped the district locate its last two superintendents in 2012 and 2015.

In other news:

-The board approved hiring CFS Architects out of Augusta, Ga. to provide services for work to the district’s gymnasiums. CFS was selected out of four architect firms due to their experience with school buildings, especially renovation projects. The project is being funded by money from the state for facilities.

-Following a closed session, the board authorized the chairperson to execute an order on behalf of the board affirming the immediate dismissal from employment of a professional employee. The People-Sentinel has filed a FOIA request for more information.