There could be a recommendation tonight on which headhunter to hire to help the Wake County school board find a new superintendent to replace Del Burns.
The school board's superintendent search committee will interview tonight the last of the four firms who've submitted proposals. The other three firms were interviewed last week.
Debra Goldman, chairwoman of the search committee, said they may be in a position tonight to make a recommendation, which would still need to be approved by the full board. The committee could recommend one of the four firms or say they don't like any of them and ask for a new round of offers.
Last week, the board agreed to set aside up to $125,000 to hire a search firm. The money will come from the fund balance, a.k.a. the rainy day fund.
Wake could go with a bargain basement cost of around $15,000 to hire the N.C. School Boards Association or spend over $100,000 on one of the other firms. It could be a question of whether board members feel the NCSBA will do as much as the other firms.
As previously noted, Goldman has raised concerns about using the NCSBA.
Tonight's committee meeting is slated to run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the board conference room, 3600 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. The committee has moved recently toward night meetings to accommodate board member Deborah Prickett's work schedule at the state Department of Public Instruction.