The board had previously agreed to conduct a statewide search through AASB, at a cost of $6,000. The City Council, First National Bank and Citizens Baptist Medical Center agreed to contribute $2,000 each to widen the search.
AASB’s national search package will also include meetings for community input.
The board members had previously expressed some frustration about not being notified of the donations before they were made public, but there had been much discussion of the expanded search during a work session last week. There was very little discussion Monday before the board formally approved the search.
Before voting on the superintendent search Monday, the board also spent just under an hour in executive session to discuss potential or pending litigation with legal counsel. It was not immediately clear what the litigation involved, since no direct action was taken once the board returned to regular session. It did not appear to be related to the superintendent search, however.
Also Monday, the board:
O Approved a field trip request for all sixth graders at C.L. Salter Elementary School to go to Disney World in Florida. The trip is being paid for through donations, sales and sponsorships, not with taxpayer funds.
O Approved a field trip request for R.L. Young students to visit the CNN offices and Turner Field in Atlanta.
O Approved a field trip for Salter students to visit the Georgia Aquarium.
O Approved a field trip for the Talladega High School JROTC to attend an event in Kennesaw, Ga. Chairwoman Shirley Simmons-Sims asked that some additional chaperones be taken along.
O Voted 4-1, with board member James Braswell dissenting, to hire Jordan Christopher McGuffy as a maintenance worker. Braswell said he supported a local candidate for the job, but would support the majority’s decision.
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