Tuesday, December 05, 2017 01:55 PM

BOARD AIMS TO HAVE NEW SUPERINTENDENT IN PLACE BY MARCH

DALTON, Ga. The Dalton Board of Education hopes to have a new superintendent in place by March after two new board members take their seats, Chairman Rick Fromm said.

Fromm and current board members Tulley Johnson, Sherwood Jones, Steve Laird and Pablo Perez along with members-elect Matt Evans and Palmer Griffin met in executive session closed to the public and the media for more than an hour on Monday.

Fromm said the process of culling the 17 applicants down to an interview pool is coming along.

We decided today on which candidates we will offer interviews to, and we hope to have interviews in January, Fromm said. We have at least five we will interview and we have some others that we have a few follow-up questions before deciding if we want to take the next step with them.

Jim Hawkins stepped down as superintendent in June after eight-and-a-half years and remains employed by the school system through the end of his contract in December 2018. Don Amonett is currently interim superintendent. According to the state website Open Georgia (www.open.georgia.gov), Hawkins made a salary of $200,561 in 2016, the latest year for which information is available.

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News source: Dalton Daily News

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