Thursday, August 4, 2005

School board set to review prospects


The Holly Springs School District Board of Trustees will have superintendent of education applications in hand on Friday and begin the review process.

Board president Martha Thomas has called a special meeting of the board for Friday at 6 p.m. at the central office building.

“We will begin the review of applications to determine who will be interviewed,” Thomas said.

Eleven applications are expected. The board contracted with the Mississippi School Boards Association to conduct the search. The deadline for applications was June 24. But delays in getting those to the school board were caused by things such as lack of transcripts with some applications and reference checks not yet completed.

There were originally 12 applicants, but Thomas said one withdrew.

The board is seeking a replacement for Judy Smith, who retired effective June 30. Cherrie Shaw is serving as interim superintendent.

School board members will determine how many candidates to actually call in for interviews. They could also reject all applications, which Thomas said is not likely. A community panel, yet to be named, will also conduct separate interviews.

“We have completed questions that will be asked by the board and by the panel,” Thomas said. “I also have recommendations of who will be on the community panel.”

A committee, comprised of Thomas, W.A. McMillan, Sy Oliver, Bridge Muhammad, Kelvin Buck, Willie Jeffries and Glynn Bridgeforth, developed 45 to 50 questions that will be split between the board and the panel for the interviews, she said.

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