“As you select your candidate, understand that person will not wear an S on their chest,” Mack said. “That person has to have the support of the community … and bring a lot of skills here.”
Of those 43 candidates, 11 currently are superintendents elsewhere. Seven of the 43 applicants are from Georgia.
Many of the top qualities desired were things some said were missing from former superintendent Steve Green. Community members have been critical of annual budgets, as more and more money went to administrative hiring and other outside-the-classroom efforts. The district is behind on submitting information for annual state audits. Advocacy groups have called for a forensic audit in recent years.
The school board will give input on the candidate profile by the end of the week. The application period ends Dec. 14. On Jan. 6, BWP will submit to the school board a list of candidates the board is expected to vet and interview throughout the month. In February, the board is expected to select a finalist and negotiate a contract and starting date for a new leader.
BWP & Associates of Libertyville, Ill., was chosen this summer to lead the search to replace Green, who announced in May that he would leave the district at the end of the current school year. Instead, Green left last month through a separation agreement between him and the DeKalb County Board of Education. He will be listed as an inactive employee through June 30, 2020, and receive his paycheck, though he is free to begin a new job immediately.