Rock Hill school board

Rock Hill school board interviews two more search firms at Friday meeting

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comSeptember 6, 2013 

The Rock Hill school board met for several hours Friday afternoon to interview two search firms as they continue in the “investigative” phase of the new superintendent search process.

In executive session, board members heard from representatives from Ray and Associates, a firm based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that specializes in “educational executive leadership searches,” according to its website.

Also in a closed meeting, the board heard from BWP and Associates, an “educational leadership search firm,” according to its website, based in Libertyville, Ill. On its website, BWP lists the Clover school district as a former client.

Last week, the board met with Coleman Lew and Associates, a Charlotte-based executive search firm.

In an interview Thursday, board chairman Jim Vining said the board would probably meet with an additional firm in the coming weeks.

Board members have said that the board has not decided to use a professional search firm to hire a new superintendent and is still exploring its options to use a firm, a consultant, to conduct the search process itself or to hire from within the district.

Speaking to these firms about how they go about recruiting candidates for positions is just for gathering information, said Vining and board members Walter Brown and Mildred Douglas.

At the Aug. 26 board meeting, Superintendent Lynn Moody announced she was stepping down at the end of the month to become superintendent in the Rowan-Salisbury school system in North Carolina.

At its Aug. 30 meeting, the board appointed John Taylor as the interim superintendent. Taylor previously served as the Lancaster County schools superintendent.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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