Indiana’s Greater Clark County Schools has missed its goal of hiring a new superintendent by the end of the school year, but officials on the district’s search committee say they’re close to picking a finalist.
Under a request from the Indiana School Board Association and the universities search committee helping Greater Clark with the hiring process, the names of the three finalists will remain confidential, said school board president Christina Gilkey.
“They gave some reason, yes, and the biggest one was the confidentiality issue and of the three candidates. We did have one that did not want their name out in the public unless they were going to be made an offer,” said Gilkey.
Members of the public have been involved with the search committee and have been able to offer their opinions on the new contract and recommendations on what the new superintendent should look like, she said.
“We did have one, maybe two, people on our community search committee that would have preferred to have two or three finalists all come in and all kinda have a town hall type meeting,” Gilkey said.
Gilkey met with search committee members to pin down a finalist last week. Once a finalist is chosen, and a contract is written and accepted, then the district will introduce that individual in a public setting, said Gilkey.
The board will not make a final vote to accept the candidate, however, until the public has the chance to meet the candidate, she said.
Gilkey previously told WFPL that the three finalists represent individuals from all around the state, including from within the district. The new superintendent will be replacing current superintendent Stephen Daeschner who is making over $220,000 making him second highest paid district leader in the state. The new superintendent is expected to make at most $180,000 after taking over.