The Muscogee County School Board held a special meeting in Atlanta Sunday to start the interviewing stage of the superintendent search.
School board members braved the rainy streets of Atlanta as they made their way to the offices of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough to meet the first superintendent candidate presented by the search firm.
Consultant Glenn Brock says his 20 years of superintendent search experience have taught him to let school board members have an open discussion with candidates rather than a structured interview. "What's really important," he says, "is that the school board and the superintendent candidate believe that they can work together, that they share common values and some common goals."
Board vice chair Patricia Hugley Green says the interview went well and that they may have found their match. "It's possible," she says. "We don't know. We have not concluded anything. It's been a great process so far, and we're just going to try to stay focused on finding the best candidate for the district."
Brock says the school board will likely return to Atlanta if they decide to interview more candidates. They will discuss their opinions at the next board meeting.
"It can be a tough situation," says Brock, "because they take this very seriously, they know that stakes are high, that the kids' future depends on this, so it can be stressful."
The board is holding interviews at the law offices to save on candidate travel expenses and conference room costs.
They will announce the names of up to three finalists before they make a decision. The members will hold an executive session at Wednesday's meeting to talk about the first interviewee.