Esteves said that authorization will allow the search process to continue without requiring the board to hold another meeting to approve those items. He said the board will interview and select the search firm and develop an application and superintendent profile publicly.
Board member Nancy Meister cast the sole vote against the search actions.
“I think that’s sad that we all can’t be involved in that, even if it requires additional meetings because this is one of the biggest decisions that we make,” said Meister, who was one of three board members who supported extending Carstarphen’s contract.
In December, the board intends to advertise the job opening and begin recruiting candidates. Candidates will be reviewed in January, with interviews and background checks completed during the winter and spring.
The board aims to announce a sole finalist in May, after which by law it must wait 14 days before it votes to hire the person. The new superintendent would start July 1.