The Union Recorder

December 18, 2013

GSBA to help school board search for new superintendent

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder


The Baldwin County Board of Education signed a contract with the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) during Tuesday’s regular meeting to allow GSBA to conduct the initial search and evaluation for a new school superintendent.

“The Baldwin County school system has a great working relationship with GSBA and has received numerous hours of training through GSBA,” school board Chair John Jackson, District 4, said. “We feel very comfortable with their process in the superintendent search. It’s been tried and true throughout school systems in the state of Georgia.”

At last month’s meeting, the school board accepted School Superintendent Geneva Braziel’s resignation, effective June 30, 2014. Braziel served two terms as superintendent for the school district. Her current three-year contract ends Nov. 1, 2014.

As stated in the contract, GSBA will promptly and professionally conduct a search for a new superintendent for the district, involving the advertising and solicitation of applications, processing applications, screening candidates, receiving recommendations and evaluations of candidates, performing evaluations of candidates, and submitting a report to the school district with candidates determined to be appropriate for consideration.

“GSBA will create the application and the application will be posted on and the school system website. GSBA will also train us on how to interview,” Jackson said. “We will go through the entire process so we can have a superintendent by the start of the school year.”

GSBA will also draft, manage and formulate the results of a community survey to be posted on the school district’s website.

GSBA will conduct a community forum to receive input from the community on the characteristics it would like to see in a new superintendent.

Once candidates go through the interview process, GSBA recommends for the school board to select three finalists to be publicly announced.

The initial cost to have GSBA perform duties outlined in the agreement costs the school system $6,800.

If the school board does not select any of the individuals who applied through the GSBA search procedure, the district is still responsible for all fees.

“With the guidance of GSBA, we will hire the most qualified superintendent,” Jackson said. “As a Board of Education, we fully understand the impact of the selection of the next superintendent of Baldwin County schools. We will do everything within our power to ensure we hire the best superintendent for Baldwin County schools.”

During Monday’s work session, Sherry Culves of Jones, Cork & Miller, the school systems attorney, announced she will be leaving the Macon law firm to join another practice in the Atlanta area after the end of the calendar year.

The school board is slated to have a called meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss their legal representation options.

In other business, the board:

• heard a presentation from Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord thanking Braziel and the school board for a great year with the GREAT program.

• heard a presentation from GLISI (Georgia Leadership of School Improvement) participants on their Smart Goals for each elementary school;

• presented certificates and pins to GLISI participants for completing their training;

• approved minutes from the meetings held on Nov. 11 and 12;

• approved personnel recommendations as presented;

• approved financial reports for the school district and the Early Learning Center;

• approved a board policy regarding the board meeting agenda;

• approved a board policy regarding concussion management;

• approved to table for 30 days a board policy regarding public participation in board meetings;

• approved a proposal to continue workers compensation coverage with Georgia Education Workers Compensation Trust; and

• head a sales and use tax fund report from Braziel.

The school board is slated to convene at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 at the board office for its work session followed by a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.