School Board continues search for superintendent after failing to reach agreement with finalist

Posted: Dec. 31, 2012 12:00 pm Updated: Jan. 14, 2013 12:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The Quincy School Board on Monday announced it couldn't reach an agreement "on the structure of an employment arrangement" with a finalist for the superintendent's position.

As a result, "the district will continue the search process with the help of our consultant, School Exec Connect, who is committed to bring us qualified candidates until we select a new superintendent," School Board President Bill Daniels said in a statement released Monday morning.

In an interview, Daniels declined to elaborate on the board's announcement except to say "the search will continue" for a new superintendent to replace Lonny Lemon, who resigned in June to take a job in the Chicago area.

The School Board initially conducted interviews Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 with five prospective candidates selected from a pool of 33 individuals who had applied for the job. The board then invited two of the candidates to come back for a second round of interviews. However, one of the finalists subsequently withdrew from consideration, so the board proceeded with holding a second interview Dec. 15 with just the one unidentified finalist.

The board held another special meeting Saturday to discuss the superintendent search and took no action.

Daniels was asked Monday if the board will now take a second look at the same pool of applicants who applied initially or if the superintendent search would be reopened to more potential candidates. He said that would be up to School Exec Connect, which was hired by the board to help find a new superintendent.

"They brought us an initial pool of candidates, and they will continue to bring us qualified candidates until we make a selection," he said.

Daniels said no special board meetings have been scheduled as of yet in the near future to address the situation. "I'm sure there will be," he said.