New board members could play role in Beaufort County school superintendent selection

rheaton@beaufortgazette.comAugust 3, 2012 

Valerie Truesdale

It's likely new Beaufort County Board of Education members will have some say in who is hired to be the school district's next superintendent.

A search committee met for the first time Friday and discussed how the selection might be made.

Current superintendent Valerie Truesdale is leaving the district at the end of September for a job in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district in North Carolina. The Beaufort County School District's chief of human resources, Jackie Rosswurm, will become interim superintendent Oct. 1.

The four-member committee agreed that the winners in November's general election should help pick the new superintendent. The school board faces large turnover because of redistricting -- 10 of the 11 seats are up for election, and incumbents are only running in four of those races.

It's not clear exactly how much input new members will get, but current board members who make up the committee -- Bill Evans, Earl Campbell, George Wilson and Laura Bush -- agreed that incoming board members should be involved in interviewing final candidates, and their opinions should be considered even if the current board makes the hiring decision.

Committee chairman George Wilson said he wouldn't support a candidate who didn't draw the consensus of the new members, too.

"I think it's clear to say that no matter what happens in the process, there will no one hired until the new, elected board members have the opportunity to participate somehow in the process," Wilson said.

The committee also agreed on other recommendations:

  • The school board should begin as soon as next week picking a company to help it with the search.

  • The board should make the search for a superintendent national in scope.

  • The board should have a new superintendent under contract by February.

  • The new superintendent should start work for the district no later than July 1.

  • The school board is expected to vote on these recommendations at its meeting Tuesday.

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    2. Beaufort County School District names interim superintendent; July 31, 2012
    3. Truesdale accepts NC job, will leave district this fall; July 24, 2012
    4. Beaufort County school superintendent Truesdale to retire; July 20, 2012

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