BY BRIAN JONES
Less than 24 hours after firing Superintendent Martha Liddell, the Columbus Municipal School Board met to begin finding a replacement. A few community members were present, but attendance was sparse compared to recent meetings.
President Currie Fisher called the meeting, which lasted about five minutes, to ask the trustees for permission to work with the Mississippi School Board Association to find an interim superintendent and an interim business manager.
“One of the considerations we must look at is what candidates are available,” she said. “I have reached out to MSBA and they are willing to provide their services to filter and screen and send us résumés for both positions. Once we decide on some candidates, MSBA will work to schedule the interviews.
“We are near the end of our budget year, and we cannot afford to get behind,” she said. “We can’t make any mistakes or misjudgments, and we need professional services to guide us through this process.”
Fisher asked for permission to ask MSBA to send résumés for the two positions. [The MSBA was used for the last superintendent search. – Brian Jones] “Did they have any idea how long it would take for them to get some candidates to us?” asked Glenn Lautzenhiser.
“They can have some résumés to us by tomorrow,” Fisher said. “They have a pool of people who are ready to work in an interim capacity because they are not looking for long-term employment.”
“What is the time frame we’re looking at to get someone?” asked Angela Verdell.
“The budget workshops are scheduled for next month,” Fisher said. “They are supposed to be finished by the end of next month. We need to get ahead of this as quickly as possible.”
Lautzenhiser asked about the cost, but Fisher said there was no cost yet.
“This is just a filtering process,” she said.
Fisher’s request was approved unanimously.
[For the story of Dr. Liddell’s termination, see my related article in this week’s Packet. – Brian Jones] 0