Muscogee County Board of Education to hold called meeting Tuesday for 'personnel matter'

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJune 23, 2013 

Days after interviewing two superintendent candidates in Atlanta, the Muscogee County School Board said it will hold a called meeting Tuesday to discuss a “personnel matter.”

The board is expected to go into a closed session shortly after the meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Muscogee County Public Education Center, 2960 Macon Road, according to a statement released late Saturday by the district. The meeting comes as the school board is looking to hire a superintendent.

The board met Friday in Atlanta to interview two candidates for the superintendent’s job. The board has been trying to fill that position since former Superintendent Susan Andrews announced her retirement 15 months ago.

After Friday’s interviews, chairman Rob Varner said school board members got to ask “a lot of questions, got a lot of good, detailed information, got to see a lot of good experience, good history and talent.

“The point of coming together next week is to give the board a chance to let that meld so that we can make a decision as to next steps with one of them, both of them or none of them,” Varner said at the time. “Those are the options.”

Varner said Friday no additional interviews have been scheduled.

The Ledger-Enquirer reported last week that following an April interview in Atlanta, the board had unanimously agreed to try to hire an undisclosed black male candidate, but he rejected the offer. The candidate would have become the first African-American superintendent in the school district’s history.

The race and gender of the two candidates interviewed Friday were not disclosed.

Those interviewed Friday brought the total number of candidates interviewed to seven since Andrews announced her retirement in March 2012.

Under Georgia Code §50-14-3(6), the board can go into closed session to discuss “appointment, employment, compensation, hiring, disciplinary action or dismissal, or periodic evaluation or rating of a public officer or employee.”

Any votes taken must be taken in public and recorded in publicly available minutes.

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