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 Only a Few Apply for CAB Superintendent Position

May 14, 2008 - The Charles A. Beard School Board met privately in executive session Tuesday night to begin interviewing applicants seeking to fill the CAB superintendent vacancy.

Board member Kevin Knott told The Banner Tuesday afternoon that the board planned to interview two applicants that evening. According to Knott, three applications had been received as of May 6, when the board met in executive session with a consultant assisting with the superintendent search, but he said at least two more are expected.

CAB's last superintendent, David McGuire, submitted his letter of resignation in June 2006, and left a few weeks later after just one year on the job. Although Board President Mike Fruth said at that time that CAB's search for a new superintendent would begin immediately, that ended up not being the case.

CAB did not post its superintendent job vacancy with the Indiana Department of Education until mid-December. Around that same time, CAB also sent copies of the job vacancy to the Indiana School Boards Association for distribution to its members.

Since last July, Ray Pavy has served as CAB's interim superintendent on a part-time basis. CAB pays Educational Services $525 per day for Pavy's services.

As it did when it was seeking a superintendent in 2006, the school board again opted to have the University Consulting Team - a four-person group with representatives from Indiana, Purdue, Ball State and Indiana State universities - assist with its search. While the UCT was supposed to do an initial screening of applicants, narrowing the pool down to a smaller, manageable number for the school board's May 6 executive session, the low number of applicants made that unnecessary.

According to Knott, the UCT representative working with CAB told board members that the UCT has been asked to help fill around 40 superintendent vacancies this year at Indiana school corporations. He said the board was told this high number of openings around the state resulted in fewer applicants for some school corporations.

Knott told The Banner he was disappointed with the small number of applicants the board has to consider. However, he said that doesn't mean CAB won't find someone good among the job candidates.

"The most important thing is for us to find the person who's right for our school corporation," Knott said. "We'll interview the applicants we have … but if we don't find what we're looking for, I don't have a problem with continuing the process until we do find the appropriate person."

In addition to CAB's seven board members, three newly elected board members who will take office July 1 - Steve Dalton (Greensboro Twp.), Tim Wehr (Ripley Twp.) and Mark Fort (Wayne Twp.) were also invited to participate in last night's executive session. Because their terms in office have not begun, however, they are not permitted to participate in any board votes with respect to this hiring decision or any other matters.

In March, the school board held a public forum to get feedback from citizens on what qualities they would like for CAB's next superintendent to have. Several people who spoke at the forum, including Dalton, Fort and Wehr, said they want a superintendent with a strong financial background, something McGuire had lacked.

Fruth said at the March public forum that CAB hopes to conduct final interviews by the end of May, with the goal of hiring a new superintendent hired by July 1. The next meeting of the CAB School Board is Tuesday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the board meeting room at CAB's central office, 345 N. Adams St.


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