BCSB votes to use firm for superintendent search

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WALA) – The Baldwin County School Board votes unanimously to hire a firm to find a new superintendent who will begin July 1, 2015.

The board is looking at two specific firms. DWP Associates and Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB). They say there could be more options, though.

The board used DWP Associates to find Dr. Alan Lee, who resigned on Monday. School Board President Norm Moore said that process cost about $30,000.

Moore said AASB would cost around $14,000 in comparison.

School Board President Norm Moore says it’s worth every penny.

“I think it’s a good idea. I think they bring expertise we don’t have on the board. They bring time. They are paid. This is going to take a tremendous amount of time and I think it would be disruptive if we did that in the house,” said Moore.

Time is something they don’t have.

The process could take up to six months. Lee’s last day is in 90 days. Members of the board all agree they want to bring in an interim superintendent as soon as possible. They may even find someone before the first day of school on August 18.

“The urgency is that we have important serious matters to deal with and we need a strong hand at the helm. One that’s acceptable to the people,” said board member Bob Callahan, who will not be returning in November.

During Lee’s remaining time, he will serve as an adviser to the interim superintendent.

On Monday they will resume discussion and possibly make a decision on a firm.

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