Here's a recap of today's Wake County superintendent search committee meeting.
The committee agreed to keep the list of applicants confidential until they come up with a list of finalists. The committee also allowed the search firm of Heidrick & Struggles to begin advertising for the position with a Sept. 1 application deadline.
The ad, which will have a preliminary job description, will go out before public and private meetings are held with groups about what characteristics are desired in the next superintendent. Among the groups getting a private meeting with Heidrick is the Civitas Institute, the conservative group recently named a provider of board training by the board majority.
Also getting private meetings will be Wake NCAE, the Wake County division of principals, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the leadership of the local chambers, the Wake County mayors, the leadership of the county commissioners, the Wake Education Partnership, high school student council presidents, support staff advisory group, teacher advisory group and the leadership of the board advisory councils.
Initially, the Wake County PTA Council wasn't on the list. But Diana Bader, a past president of the group and a critic of the board majority, urged from the audience that the PTA Council be added.
Committee chairwoman Debra Goldman said she thought that the PTAs would be represented by the BAC members because they're also supposed to be on their school's PTA. The committee agreed to add the PTA Council to the meeting list.
Commitee member Carolyn Morrison unsuccessfully suggested adding the Great Schools in Wake Coalition to the list of groups getting a private meeting. But Goldman objected, calling them a PAC.
(Great Schools in Wake is a 501(c)3 non=profit and not a political action committee.)
"If we open up to every niche group, we’ll have to keep them (Heidrick) here for two weeks," Goldman said.
Goldman said the GSIW can attend the public meeting that will be held to provide input to Heidrick.
On the issue of confidentiality, board members agreed with Heidrick that making the names public in the initial phases of the search could discourage people from applying. The representative from Heidrick said that the list of finalists could be just one person depending on the pool.
UPDATED TO INCLUDE IN BOLD OTHER GROUPS WHO WILL GET PRIVATE MEETINGS WITH HEIDRICK
UPDATED TO INCLUDE THAT GREAT SCHOOLS IN WAKE IS A 501(C)3 NON-PROFIT