From Local 15 News (NBC), posted yesterday:
The superintendent search for Baldwin County has now been narrowed down to 6 finalists. BWP and Associates, the superintendent search firm working for Baldwin County, received 31 applications from 14 states.
They then list the 6 finalists, including Don Stinson of MSD Decatur Township. The Board hopes to have the new Superintendent working there by July 1.
From the Baldwin County Public Schools website, applications were due by April 19. They are looking for the following qualifications:
Qualifications The Baldwin County Board of Education is interested in attracting a proven educational leader who possesses a good balance of academic preparation combined with depth of administrative and teaching experience. The candidate will need to be a dynamic, energetic individual who has demonstrated collaborative leadership and is effective in building and maintaining strong community support for public education. The successful candidate will be:
An Educational Leader with Integrity
A Skilled Instructional
A Problem Solver
An Effective Communicator
Effective Manager of Public School Finance
Baldwin County Schools, with an enrollment of 28,000 students, has only two Assistant Superintendents, according to their website.
From the Mobile Press-Register (click here), posted just 6 hours ago, interviews will be held on May 10, 11, and 13. They say further:
The full board will interview each candidate separately, officials said, in closed sessions. Before each candidate is interviewed, Roberts said, a public reception will give county residents, media and others interested a chance to speak with each one.
After the last interview, board members will vote to narrow the list to the top two or three. On May 24 and 25, Roberts said, finalists will return for interviews. On May 27 and 28, individual members of the board will make site visits to where the candidates currently work.
On June 1, Roberts said, board members will vote to select their new superintendent.
The new superintendent's salary and contract will be negotiated, board members said. Former Superintendent Faron Hollinger's salary was $147,125.
Hollinger left the 27,000-student system in December, more than a year before his contract ended, after Baldwin County Public Schools plunged into the worst financial crisis in its history, according to some. With state and local revenue declining by more than $61 million in a two-year time frame, the system cut hundreds of jobs and closed two schools with additional cuts on the horizon.
The article goes on to mention brief information about the 6 finalists, with Don Stinson's information as:
Donald Stinson, superintendent, Municipal School District of Decatur Township, Indianapolis; system enrollment: 7,000; salary, $280,000; education specialist, Indiana University.
I know we all wish Don Stinson the best for his interviews.
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