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30 applicants seek Gainesville superintendent job
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Gainesville school officials will be taking a closer look in the coming days at 30 applicants who want to be the district’s next superintendent.

A search consultant told school board members that the pool of applicants includes superintendents, central office administrators, assistant superintendents and principals, board Chairman Brett Mercer said at a work session Monday.

The board met privately with a representative of the search firm, King-Cooper and Associates, prior to the work session. Facilitator Sandy Addis of King-Cooper issued a statement calling the applicant pool “well qualified superintendent candidates.”

“Now it is a matter of the board identifying the most qualified applicant who is also the best fit to lead this superior school system,” Addis said.

Mercer said board members will meet Feb. 18 to go through all the resumes. The deadline for applying was Friday.

“From there, I don’t know,” Mercer said. “That will depend on how many people we think we need to speak to. Is it five? Is it 30? I wouldn’t know until I’ve had a chance to look at all of the resumes.”

Superintendent Wanda Creel announced her resignation effective the end of this school year. She announced her resignation last year following the fallout over the rolling out of plans for a new Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy.

Some in the Enota community said the plans, which would eliminate the iconic Smartville garden, built and funded through a communitywide effort, were not effectively communicated.

King-Cooper and Associates also released Monday the results of a survey that asked stakeholders to rate six characteristics they’d like to see in the next superintendent. The 545 respondents rated “honesty, integrity and moral character” as the No. 1 trait. That was followed by willingness to make tough decisions; strong work ethic; ability to attract and retain high-quality and well-qualified employees; willingness to listen to parents, community members and employees; and lastly, ability to oversee curriculum and instruction.

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