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Columbia County school board to interview 2 candidates for superintendent

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 10:04 PM
Last updated Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 12:39 AM
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Columbia County’s next school superintendent has been narrowed down to two candidates – who remain anonymous at this point.

Members of the search committee cut the list from four to two candidates Thurs­day during an open meeting at the Board of Education office.

By law, names of the candidates must remain private for their job security, said school board attorney Pete Fletcher.

After interviews, the finalists’ names will be announced.

The 14-member search committee has been meeting since September after Super­in­ten­dent Charles Nagle announced his retirement in July.

The group reviewed 18 potential candidates and made its first cuts last week.

The school system’s Human Resources director, Anthony Wright, spent the past week screening and talking to the four candidates.

He said they all spoke highly of the county’s schools.

“All of them are very interested, very complimentary,” Wright said.

The candidates eliminated were one who had twice been relieved of his job duties and another who lived out of state and was also interested in a position elsewhere.

Of the two candidates who remain, one seems to be the clear front-runner.

“I think one of our candidates is so strong,” board Chairwoman Regina Bucca­fusco said.

The next step is for school board members to interview the two finalists, which is planned later this month.

The board hopes to choose a superintendent by Dec. 18. The public must have 14 days to review the final two candidates before a decision is made.

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Insider Information
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Insider Information 11/08/12 - 11:51 pm
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Ummm....NO!

"By law, names of the candidates must remain private for their job security, said school board attorney Pete Fletcher...."

The law is the exact opposite.

By law, the names of "finalists" MUST be made public.

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Insider Information 11/09/12 - 12:32 am
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O.C.G.A. 50-18-72 (a)(7)

O.C.G.A. 50-18-72 (a)(7)

OOPS... correction, that should be O.C.G.A. 50-18-72 (a)(11).

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/09/12 - 12:09 am
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Insiderinfo, that would be

Insiderinfo, that would be something. Is that right? I'll bet there's one outsider and one insider left. But your point is important. Is Pete Fletcher right or wrong?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/09/12 - 12:14 am
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Insider, I read your link.

Insider, I read your link. Doesn't number 5 cover them?

(5) Records that consist of confidential evaluations submitted to, or examinations prepared by, a governmental agency and prepared in connection with the appointment or hiring of a public officer or employee;

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Insider Information 11/09/12 - 12:28 am
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@ RIverman

It's EXTREMELY well known in Georgia that government agencies must name up to three finalists for executive positions (i.e. superintendent). The law is very clear on that.

Pete knows better.

I predict the names will be public by the end of the week.

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Insider Information 11/09/12 - 12:31 am
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O.C.G.A. § 50-18-72(a)(11)

"Records which identify persons applying for or under consideration for employment or appointment as executive head of an agency or of a unit of the University System of Georgia; provided, however, that at least 14 calendar days prior to the meeting at which final action or vote is to be taken on the position of executive head of an agency or five business days prior to the meeting at which final action or vote is to be taken on the position of president of a unit of the University System of Georgia, all documents concerning as many as three persons under consideration whom the agency has determined to be the best qualified for the position shall be subject to inspection and copying. Prior to the release of these documents, an agency may allow such a person to decline being considered further for the position rather than have documents pertaining to such person released. In that event, the agency shall release the documents of the next most qualified person under consideration who does not decline the position. If an agency has conducted its hiring or appointment process without conducting interviews or discussing or deliberating in executive session in a manner otherwise consistent with Chapter 14 of this title, it shall not be required to delay final action on the position. The agency shall not be required to release such records of other applicants or persons under consideration, except at the request of any such person. Upon request, the hiring agency shall furnish the number of applicants and the composition of the list by such factors as race and sex. The agency shall not be allowed to avoid the provisions of this paragraph by the employment of a private person or agency to assist with the search or application process"

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 11/09/12 - 05:24 am
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Already picked
Unpublished

The next superintendent was picked at the same time Charlie Nagel was picked to be superintendent. What they are hiding in the good ole boy network at work. The new superintendent is Sandra Caraway and everyone knows it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/09/12 - 07:49 am
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Thanks Insider.

Thanks Insider.

Local Interests
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Local Interests 11/09/12 - 11:02 am
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Made Public Last Time Around

The school board made the two finalists' names public the last time around. That time also had the insider with the inside track and the (much more qualified) outsider who likely never realized he didn't have a chance and was only brought in to make the process look balanced.
I look for this one to go pretty much the same way and Dr. Sandra Carraway will get the job.

agrit
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agrit 11/09/12 - 12:07 pm
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One outside, one inside ...

One outside, one inside ... should be the one inside.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 11/09/12 - 01:34 pm
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Just my two cents...insiders

Just my two cents...insiders cannot bring about change and this district needs some. They need to stop treating the Harlem schools like red-headed step-children and stop dumping other school rejects on us. They need to improve the QUALITY of instruction at all levels. Carraway is a fine person, I have a lot of respect for her but we need fresh blood, with fresh ideas!

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scoobynews 11/10/12 - 03:57 pm
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Amen Thackeray!

Any school on the other side of I-20 is considered the red-headed step-child not just Harlem. We all know how this will end though. Caraway will get the job and it is just plain sad that the other people even applied thinking they had a shot at it.

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