A newly-formed committee tasked with finding the next Columbia County school superintendent set guidelines Tuesday for the upcoming search.
The 14-person committee consists of Columbia County Board of Education members, five community members and three principals representing each school level. Incoming School Board District 1 member David Dekle also will serve on the committee.
In addition to Dekle, the panel includes school board members Regina Buccafusco, Mike Sleeper, Wayne Bridges, Kristi Baker and Roxanne Whitaker; Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson; Carl Bethune, Robert Bissell, Beth Frits and Gary Holley; and Evans Elementary School Principal Naesha Parks, Stallings Island Middle School Principal Don Putnam and Harlem High School Principal Dietmar Perez.
While the Board of Education will be responsible for interviewing candidates, the other nine committee members will review candidate applications and pass along recommendations, said school board attorney Pete Fletcher.
“They have a right to look at those applications and evaluate them for you, and using those results will help y’all narrow them down,” he said. “That’s what their primary role will be.”
All meetings will be open to the public unless the group discusses a specific candidate by name, Fletcher said.
As of Monday, six candidates had applied to replace Charles Nagle, who announced in July that he would retire after the current school year.
The committee will meet next on Oct. 11 to decide on interview questions and a rating method for candidates.
Applications will be accepted through Oct. 17 and the board hopes to name a finalist by mid-December.
Also at the meeting, Nagle announced that school officials are looking at adding more time between May 25 commencement ceremonies and creating a more uniform format for ceremonies. The proposed day would run longer than in the past.