Rock Hill schools to pay $55K to superintendent search firm

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comOctober 28, 2013 

— The Rock Hill school board voted Monday night to approve the contract between the district and Coleman, Lew and Associates to search for a new superintendent.

The district will pay the Charlotte-based executive search firm $55,000 plus expenses to search for candidates to fill the district’s highest office.

At Monday night’s meeting, school board member Walter Brown pointed out that this fee is less than 33 percent of the first year’s total cash compensation, which is what Coleman Lew typically charges its clients.

Rock Hill is only the second school district with which Coleman, Lew and Associates has ever worked. In 2012, the firm found a superintendent for the Fairfield County school district. That contract consisted of a $42,000 fee plus expenses incurred.

The Fairfield County school district, at the time, had 3,000 students and between 650 and 680 employees. In the 2012-13 school year, the Rock Hill district had nearly 17,500 students and more than 2,200 employees.

Lynn Moody, the former Rock Hill schools superintendent, left the district at the end of September to become superintendent of the Rowan-Salisbury school system in North Carolina.

John Taylor, the former Lancaster County schools chief, is serving as interim superintendent in Rock Hill until a permanent replacement for Moody is found.

There is no specific timeline for Coleman, Lew and Associates to complete the search process.

Although the contract has been approved, Brown said the board reserves the right to alter parts of the contract pertaining to the responsibilities of the superintendent if necessary.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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