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Gainesville schools start hunt for Creels replacement
Board members hear pitches from search firms
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Thursday night, Gainesville school board members Delores Diaz, Sammy Smith, Brett Mercer and Willie Mitchell heard pitches from two consulting companies looking to help find a replacement for Superintendent Wanda Creel.

Gainesville city schools are officially on the hunt for a new superintendent to replace Wanda Creel.

Thursday night, board members Delores Diaz, Sammy Smith, Brett Mercer and Willie Mitchell heard from two consulting companies and announced they would choose one by Nov. 28.

Sandy Addis with King & Cooper Associates and Bill Sampson with the Georgia School Boards Association gave the board their options.

One firm, GSBA, projected Gainesville could have a new superintendent by the end of February, while King & Cooper said it could be closer to the end of January.

“Time is on (their) side right now,” Addis said.

The board had a few concerns before hearing from the representatives, namely their competitiveness with other searching school systems.

GSBA charges $7,000 for their services, while King & Cooper charges $7,500. Traveling may pose extra costs, ranging from around $200 but not to exceed $1,000.

“We support and assist with searches,” Sampson said. “We want them to be successful (searches).”

His organization handles about 10 to 15 searches per year, while Addis’s handles four to eight.

“We don’t make the decision for (the boards),” Addis said.

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