A search committee tasked with finding the next school superintendent of Columbia County was formed Tuesday.
The 14-person committee includes all five Columbia County Board of Education members, who each named a community representative. Incoming District 1 school board member David Dekle also will serve on the committee.
The school board also decided to add principals from elementary, middle and high schools.
In addition to school board members Regina Buccafusco, Mike Sleeper, Wayne Bridges, Kristi Baker and Roxanne Whitaker, the panel consists of Dekle, Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson, Carl Bethune, Robert Bissell, Beth Fritts, Gary Holley, Evans Elementary School Principal Naesha Parks, Stallings Island Middle School Principal Don Putnam and Harlem High School Principal Dietmar Perez.
As of Monday, six candidates had applied to replace Charles Nagle, school board attorney Pete Fletcher said.
Nagle announced in July that he would retire after the 2012-13 school year.
While the board of education will be responsible for interviewing candidates, the other committee members will review candidate applications and pass along their recommendations, Fletcher said.
“They have a right to look at those applications and evaluate them for you, and using those results help y’all narrow them down,” he said. “That’s what their primary role will be.”
Applications will be accepted through Oct. 17. The board hopes to name a finalist by mid-December.
The committee’s next scheduled meeting is Oct. 11, when members will discuss interview questions and a rating method for candidates.
Afterward, the school board held its regular bi-monthly meeting.
Nagle announced that high school graduation will be May 25.
School officials are looking at adding more time between commencements to eliminate traffic problems and creating a more uniform format for ceremonies.