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Gainesville selects superintendent search firm
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The Gainesville school board has chosen a search firm to represent it in the search for a superintendent to replace Wanda Creel, who is leaving the school system when her contract ends June 30.

The board chose Sandy Addis with Thomaston-based King & Cooper Associates.

“They had a good, comprehensive approach,” board member Sammy Smith said. Smith also mentioned Addis’ esteemed reputation within the superintendent search firm business, with his company’s website saying he has “led successful superintendent searches for 15 Georgia school boards.”

He is also a previous director of Pioneer Regional Educational Service Agency from 2004 to 2013, according to the King & Cooper Associates website.

“We knew him well,” Smith said.

Addis gave the board its options Nov. 10 at a meeting, which included a tentative end date to its search.

King & Cooper said the school board could have a new superintendent closer to the end of January.

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

King & Cooper charges $7,500 for its services, and the firm handles four to eight searches per year.

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

Board Chairwoman Delores Diaz said she chose the firm for a few reasons.

“Their presentation was superior,” Diaz said.

She also appreciated that the King & Cooper firm wasn’t limited in its searches. Since the Georgia School Boards Association, the other finalist to be the search firm, represents all the districts’ school boards, it doesn’t recommend faculty from one district to another.