PINEVILLE – The May meeting of the Pineville Independent School Board ended with Superintendent Mike White announcing his retirement.
White, who has been with Pineville Independent for 15 years, will retire after his contact ends June 30, 2012.
“I just wanted to say how blessed I have been to have 15 great years here at Pineville and appreciate the board and everything everyone has done. This is a great school district and I am confident this school will be strong and move forward,” said White during a special called meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
Board Member Ann Combs Gaines said, “Mr. White has been an exceptional leader for this school district. He will be greatly missed.”
Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) Consultant, Mike Oder, was present at the meeting to explain how he and the Superintendent Search Service the KSBA offers can help the board find “the right fit for Pineville.”
The first phase of the superintendent search begins with creating a timeline for advertisements, meeting times, nominations, and elections. Then a screening committee of two teachers, one classified, one principal, one parent, and one board member from the district will be put together. Each committee member will be voted for by their respective group, i.e. teachers will vote for teachers, principals will vote for the principal, board members will vote for the board member, and so on.
Once the advertisement is finalized, the recruitment process will begin. The ad must be posted with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) for 30 days.
After applications are in, the school board and the screening committee will have their first joint meeting. This meeting will help everyone understand what their roles are in the process of finding a superintendent. The screening committee will narrow down the list of applicants to an amount designated by the board.
Right after the first joint meeting, the screening committee will have their first meeting. The screening committee will review all applicant’s resumes, certifications, and references. The screening committee will also hold phone interviews with applicants, asking questions specific to the needs of Pineville Independent. After a few meetings, the screening committee and the school board will have another joint meeting. The screening committee will then present the applicants they would like to recommend to the board.
After the second joint meeting, the school board will then hold face to face interviews with applicants. The board may choose to interview any/all of the applicants, whether they were recommended by the screening committee or not.
During the search process, an interim superintendent will be put in place from July 1, 2012 until a superintendent has been hired.
After Oder presented the board with the information needed to move forward, the board approved to enter into a contract with the KSBA for a superintendent search.