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School board begins search for new superintendent

Posted: August 28, 2012 - 8:47pm  |  Updated: September 2, 2012 - 12:05am

The search for the next leader of the Columbia County School System begins Sept. 10, according to an announcement made Tuesday at the school board meeting.

Advertising for the school superintendent position will remain open from Sept. 10 until Oct. 17. Charles Nagle announced in late July that he would retire after the 2012-2013 school year. Nagle, who served in the post for six years, has spent 37 years in education.

“It’s been six years since we’ve hired someone, and education has changed so much,” said board Chairwoman Regina Buccafusco.

The board hopes to keep advertising cost to about $1,800.

Members of the selection committee, who have not yet been chosen, could include community members and school administrators.

The board decided that candidates for the position aren’t required to have doctorates.

Also announced during the meeting were school rezoning hearings, prompted by next year’s opening of the new Columbia Middle and Evans Elementary schools.

Hearings on the elementary school rezonings are planned for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Evans Elementary’s current location on Gibbs Road and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Bel Air Elementary on North Belair Road.

A rezoning hearing for the middle school is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Columbia Middle’s current location on Columbia Road.

Also at the meeting, school officials released district results from last school year’s ACT test, which is used for college admission. The average countywide scores stayed about the same as last year, but ranked above the state’s average in all subjects.

The results showed that the county’s high school graduates were prepared for college in the following subjects: 77 percent in English composition, 62 percent in algebra, 66 percent in social science, 42 percent in biology and 37 percent in all four subjects.

In other business, Nagle told board members that enrollment had increased by 671 students since the end of the 2011-2012 term. That figure is about 225 more than school officials expected, he said.

Enrollment could continue to rise after Labor Day.

School board members also gave tentative approval for schools to charge $1 to $3 for scrimmage games, with track exempted, to cover the cost of officials. Previously, ticket prices applied only to football scrimmage games.

Schools, however, can still opt not to charge for scrimmages.

The board also opted not to lower the weight of senior project to 20 percent of each senior’s English grade. The project will continue to count 25 percent of the final grade.

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Sweet son

Local People Have Done Well!

I hope the selection committee will look close to home in the process of picking a new school system leader. It seems to me that the last two superintendents who were local were very competent and guided the system through heavy growth and shrinking budgets. Please be careful with a "nationwide" search because we might end up with a person like the "leader" of our local State Universities.

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