Here's a recap of today's first meeting of the Wake County school board's superintendent search committee.
It looks like a split is emerging between majority and minority members over whether to hire a search firm and to conduct a national search. Committee chairwoman Debra Goldman said it could cost $75,000 to $100,000 to pay a search firm to conduct a national search.
But Goldman and Chris Malone are arguing for hiring a firm and conducting a national search to bring the best possible candidate.
But Carolyn Morrison and Anne McLauarin, who is not a committee member but attended today, are questioning spending the money to hire a firm when they could pick an internal candidate. Based on today's and Tuesday's discussion, it looks like minority members want to hire someone from within the district.
Majority members have said they'd consider internal applicants.
No recommendation was made today on the search firm. The board would have to conduct an internal search first before going national unless they could muster a two-thirds vote to waive the policy requirement.
Committee member did agree on an this initial list of characteristics that was developed by Goldman.
The next meeting is May 19 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the board conference room, 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.