Jackson County School System Begins Superintendent Search
The search for the next Superintendent of the Jackson County School System is underway. On November 8, 2021, the Board held its first planning session with a representative of King-Cooper and Associates, a Georgia firm that will assist the Board with the search.
The Board approved a tentative timeline for the search that includes a deadline of January 3, 2022, as the last date to accept applications. King-Cooper & Associates have mailed over 200 vacancy announcements about the search. The search announcement is posted on various internet sites. A survey has been developed to receive input from employees and community members related to the qualities desired in the next superintendent. It is the Board’s desire to conduct a thorough search process that involves the community and employees while maintaining the necessary confidentiality of applicants until finalists are selected. The plan is to launch these surveys on Friday, December 3, 2021. Please go to the Jackson County School System website (jacksonschoolsga.org) for additional information. The deadline to submit a survey is Tuesday, December 21, 2021.
The Board will develop a leadership profile that includes the skills and competencies desired of the next Superintendent. The profile will be important as the Board determines the best candidates to consider and interview for the position. The plan is for the first round of interviews to begin around the end of January. Dr. Allen McCannon, a representative from King-Cooper & Associates working with the Board, stated searches usually take four to six months.
The need for a search for a new Superintendent was created when Dr. April Howard announced her retirement for the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Dr. Howard has led the district with distinction during the last nine years.