At a recent board meeting, current superintendent Robert Sparkman announced his resignation, effective June 30. Sparkman has served as the city schools’ superintendent for the past eight years.
Board chairwoman Rene Simmons said the position for a new superintendent was posted Thursday, June 5, following Sparkman’s announcement that previous Tuesday. Regulations state that the position must be posted for 30 days.
The interviewing process will be open to the public but will not be as time-consuming or elaborate as the last superintendent search eight years ago, Simmons said.
“We are going to select the top candidates, whether there are two, three or four; it just depends on the quality of the candidates. We will have some type of public interview, not on the scale that we had the last time where we had receptions,” Simmons said, “because we’re under time constraints, and we’re trying to get someone in place and oriented to the system before school starts. So, we’ll probably do it more low key, but there will be a public interview of some sort.”
With the July 5 deadline for applications, Simmons said she and board members are hopeful to have interviews finished around July 8 and have a new superintendent in place by July 10 or July 14, at the latest.
When asked about the number of applicants so far, Simmons said that information was “confidential.”
“We’re just trying to wait and see at the end of the process,” she said. “I’ll just say that we’re getting some good choices.”