Board of Education approves search process for new Superintendent
The Caroline County Board of Education signed a letter of agreement with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) to begin the search process for a permanent superintendent of schools during the November board meeting. Bill Middleton, a MABE consultant and former superintendent of Wicomico County Public Schools, explained the process of the superintendent search prior to the board signining the letter of agreement.
Mr. Middleton said the search is an open process and before the search begins, there will be public input sessions in mid December to determine what the community would like to see in a new superintendent.
"The search will not go fast," said Mr. Middleton. A search can take approximately four to eight months.
"The process we use involves community input at the beginning and end of the search," said Mr. Middletown. "We want to identify the best leader for you and your school system."
He said any candidate for the superintendency in Maryland has to have Maryland Superintendent Certification.
The board is expecting to have a new superintendent chosen by the end of May. Mr. Middleton said MABE will be placing advertisements in nationwide educational trade journals, on education websites and at national education conferences.
The board of education approved MABE as the search consultants at a cost of $17,000 plus expenses.
The Board recognized the county-wide fifth grade spelling bee winners. First place winner was Linsdey Groves, Greensboro Elementary School; Second place winner was Jaylen Miles of Denton Elementary School and Third place winner was Meadow Timmons of Denton Elementary School.
Meadow Timmons, third place finisher in the county-wide fifth grade spelling bee, was congratulated by Interim Superintendent Milton Nagel and Board member George Abner. Not pictured were first and second place winners Lindsey Grove and Jaylen Miles.
Joshua Becker was recognized for being named a National Merit Scholar. Becker, a North Caroline High School student, was named a National Merit Scholar based on his PSAT scores. Out of 1.5 million students who took the test, nationwide, Becker was one of 50,000 students named a National Merit Scholar. Becker was recognized by Interim Superintendent Milton Nagel and Board member George Abner.
Dr. Kari Clow, Preston Elementary School Assistant Principal, was recognized by the Board of Education for receiving her doctoral degree in educational leadership and innovation from Wilmington University. In front from left to right: board member Walter Palmer III, board vice president James Newcomb Jr., Clow, board member George Abner, board president Tolbert Rowe. In back is Milton Nagel, interim superintendent and board member Louise Cheek.
The Board of Education heard reports on the following:
- Next Generation Science Standards from Mrs. Debbie George, supervisor of instruction
- Universal Design for Learning implementation progress from Dr. Derek Simmons, director of student services and Mrs. Elizabeth Anthony, supervisor of special education
- Master Plan Update from Dr. James Orr, interim assistant to the superintendent
- Finance report and October grants from Ms. Erin Thornton, comptroller
The Board approved the following action items:
- FY 2014 Audit Report
- FY 2014 Budget Adjustments
- Food Services bid (fresh produce)
- Personnel items
The Board of Education heard the first reading of the new Green Cleaning supplies policy. The policy is needed for the county to comply with the Maryland Green Schools Act, which requires schools to purchase and use environmentally sensitive cleaning supplies, to the extent it is practicable and economically feasible.