Decatur concludes superintendent interviews

Decatur’s school board held its last executive session Wednesday on matters related to the superintendent search. The board held a total of seven executive sessions from Aug. 18 to Sept. 16 totaling over 32 hours, with the longest nearly 10 hours on Aug. 27.

The minutes give no details, and board members are refrained by law from commenting on these meetings. It’s assumed, however, all seven sessions comprised of interviewing and vetting the eight finalists for the job.

Board Chairman Garrett Goebel said Thursday another executive session could be held though none is scheduled. The board is hoping to name up to three finalists by month’s end, though Goebel pointed out it could wind up naming only one.

“Right now we are still in a quiet, plodding phase,” he said. “It’s been a challenge coordinating [board members’] schedules over the last month, but we are very close to the finish line.”