COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- A month ago, the Muscogee County's School Board chair said they would have a new Superintendent by the start of this year, but now there is a change of course in how they will fill that position.
At first, the school district had narrowed the search down to four possible candidates for Muscogee County schools superintendent, but now it appears the search is back on.
"We have decided that what we really wanted to do is contract with a firm that we have experience with and who knows this district really well. We feel they are going to have the best success with bringing the right person in," answered Muscogee County School Board Chair Cathy Williams.
At Monday night's meeting, school board members unanimously voted to continue the superintendent search with firm Brock & Clay.
This is the same group who found former and Interim Superintendent Dr. John Phillips and former Superintendent Dr. Susan Andrews.
Board Chair Cathy Williams says the previous firm McPherson & Jacobson fulfilled all of their requirements, "They did what we asked them to do at the end of the day we want to move on with a new search firm."
Which means the school board will have to fork over more cash.
"Its going to cost additional money, but Brock & Clay has the advantage of the work that this community already did for this search. So they have the criteria, they have the qualifications, they have the community input so they have a lot so that they can hit the ground running and keep the cost at a bare minimum," said Williams.
Already the school board is paying Interim Superintendent John Phillips nearly $10,000 a month - his salary cut down from the initial $17,000 he was making monthly.
"We are not paying a superintendent full-time right now. We actually are saving money every month and that money is more than what is costing us to search," remarked Williams.
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