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Board OKs superintendent search

The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen has authorized Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy to sign a contract with Southern Educational Strategies to perform a search for a superintendent to helm the proposed Germantown Municipal School District.
Board members unanimously approved a motion to enter into an agreement not to exceed $24,900 with SES for the recruitment of a superintendent.
SES, the same firm that performed a feasibility study for the city’s proposed school district, will perform a nationwide search.
“Because of the unique requirements for this position,” said Patrick Lawton, city administrator, “and in the interest of time, the administration is recommending that the city contract with SES.”
According to Lawton, SES will deliver the names of up to five qualified candidates in mid-December.
However, the elected Germantown Municipal School Board will ultimately vote on the superintendent.
Noting that the contract states that SES will be paid one-third of the $24,900 within the first 10 business days of the agreement, Alderman Mark Billingsley asked Lawton if the uncertain legality of municipal school districts will complicate the search.
“In the event that a week from now we hear from Judge Mays that things are delayed,” he said. “Are we committed to the $24,900 regardless of how long this drags on? Or, are we out for the $8,300?”
Lawton said the mayor will wait for an “appropriate” time to officially execute the agreement, which will likely be after Judge Hardy Mays’ ruling.

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