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Page A-20 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 School Board hires consultant for superintendent search By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com Shelton School Board mem- bers agreed last week to take their time searching for a new superintendent. While board members Jim Carnahan and Sandy Tarz- well said they were ready to immediately begin talking about priorities for the board's superintendent search, mem- bers Brenda Hirschi, Gene Crater and Cheryl Williams agreed to delay the discussion. "As the board chair, I don't think we're ready," Hirschi said. "I think we need to drop back and figure out where we're going." The board met at a special meeting Oct. 16 with Michael Boring, a consultant with re- cruitment firm McPherson & Jacobson, LLC. The School Board recently approved a $9,000 contract with the company to aid its search for a permanent super- intendent. According to the contract, McPherson & Jacobson, based in Omaha, Nebraska, will work with the School Board, advertise the posi- tion, recruit potential appli- cants, review applications and communicate with ap- plicants about the selection process, among other respon- sibilities. Half of the contract fee was due upon signing the contract and half will be due at the end of the search for a Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Michael Boring, a consultant with McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, of Omaha, Nebraska, spoke with members of the Sheiton School District Board of Directors on Oct. 16 about the process of finding a new superintendent. He advised School Board members to wait to advertise the position until later this year. new superintendent. The contract was signed Oct. 16. The school district will also be responsible for expenses in addition to the consultant's fee, such as advertising, travel and office expenses. Boring told the board that the best time to recruit su- perintendent candidates is between December and Febru- ary. "We're meeting right now earlier than most district's be- gin the process," he said. In a move that surprised many residents, families and district employees, the School Board accepted the resigna- tion of former Superintendent Wayne Massie on Sept. 11 and moments later approved hir- ing interim Superintendent Art Jarvis. Jarvis has 47 years of edu- cational experience and is a retired superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools. His contract guarantees him $800 per day for 167 working days, or $133,600, through June 30, 2015. Massie will also be paid his salary of $133,500 for the year through June 30, 2015. Jarvis said during the Oct. 16 meeting that when the School Board asked him to come to the district, they instructed him to act as both a superintendent and a consultant to the School Board. Boring is a former superin- tendent with 45 years of expe- rience in school administra- tion. "Between Art (Jarvis) and myself, we probably approach 100 years (of experience)," Boring said. Boring explained to the School Board how he would ac- cept and organize applications from prospective superinten- dents and handle background checks for all candidates. The meeting lasted about half an hour. Boring provided Jarvis and members of the School Board with a planning guide for its superintendent search. The first step in the search, according to the document, is to identify characteristics they want in a superinten- dent. Samples provided include good written and oral commu- nication skills, integrity, hon- esty and other qualities. When the board is ready to begin the process, Boring will ask members to generate ideas on their own and then work together to create a pri- oritized list of top qualities. After that step, the School Board and consultant will set a calendar to govern the su- perintendent search, which would include meeting dates, application deadlines, inter- views and the projected date for naming a new superinten- dent. Home Improvement, Landscaping Real Estate FIREPLACE PRODUCTS; Ask your salesperson for details. Cannot be combined with any other Regency offer. Olympic Stove & Spas, Inc. 24202 N. US Hwy 101 Hoodsporl WA 98548 360-877-5200 i ... that we use the finest materials and craftsmanship on all the jobs we do. Or that we've been serving Western Washington for over 55 years. You Know that you've got her covered and that the roof over your heads will give years of trouble free protection from the elements while increasing the " value of your home. RE-ROOFING REPAIRS ROOF CLEANINGS SKYLIGHTS & SOLAR TUBES VINYL WINDOW REPLACEMENT HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING DECKS CALL NOW for your FREE ESTIMATE! 0% Financing Available O.A.C. Liamdmdkd 1131 W. Kamilche Lane :JUst off Hwy 101 ................................... i ....