Clark County Education Association President Ruben Murillo said he doesn't care if the next superintendent comes from outside Clark County or from within the valley. However, he hopes the school board learned a lesson after its last hire. Murillo said the community should be more involved in selecting the candidates instead of leaving it to Nebraska-based search firm McPherson and Jacobson.
"There was a lot of distrust from the community and from some of the trustees in this whole process," said Murillo. "If you want to get it right, it has to be transparent. It has to be meaningful. There was a lot of criticism that it was too rushed. People wanted to have time to review the candidates and the community also called into question the team that did the search."
School board President Carolyn Edwards disagrees with Murillo's claims that the selection process was flawed.
"The union has no more rights than the public," said Edwards. "They are asking for every single candidate to be under intense scrutiny from the start. I think that's a challenge."
Edwards said the concerns she's heard stem from Superintendent Dwight D. Jones' quick departure. Her main priority is finding a new superintendent who will move Jones' initiatives forward.
"I think that's a reason to strongly consider internal candidates," Edwards said.
Back in 2010, it took six months to find a new superintendent. Edwards hopes it will take the same amount of time. As for compensation, Edwards said the board is looking into the salaries of the top 20 districts in terms of size and comparing it with the current superintendent salary.
Under district policy, the deputy superintendent will serve as the acting superintendent when Jones leaves on March 22. The school board can decide to appoint a new interim superintendent or keep the deputy superintendent at its special meeting on Thursday, March 14.
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