The search for a new Richmond County superintendent has so far produced candidates from as far away as New Jersey and includes two current superintendents and six applicants with doctorate degrees.
Search details were made public Wednesday as Richmond County school board attorney Pete Fletcher's office released the first profile of candidates. The information had been submitted to the Richmond County school board by the Georgia School Boards Association, which is overseeing the search at a base fee of $8,000 plus $2,500 for publication costs.
The latest profile -- which will be occasionally updated as more résumés come in leading up to an application deadline of May 28 -- lists nine applications being received as of March 23.
It shows five of those candidates are from Georgia and one each is from North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and New Jersey.
Two of the applicants are superintendents. There also is a headmaster, an adjunct faculty member, a coordinator, a former assistant superintendent, an executive director of grant development, and one applicant listed as having a present position of "C.O. Leadership/Prof. Dev."
As for educational degrees, six of the applicants have doctorates, one has an education specialist degree and two have master's degrees.
All of the applications were received before the advertisements for the job started showing up in some national and regional publications.
Names of the candidates were not released in the profile. GSBA officials have said the school board will likely whittle the list down to the top three before naming a superintendent.
Board President Marion Barnes told the audience at a forum on the search this week that whether it be a local or out-of-town candidate "we're going to try to bring you the best superintendent we can."