The Clay Central-Everly school board met Wednesday night to discuss the process for hiring a new superintendent.
Les Douma was brought on by the board to hire a new superintendent/elementary principal, and he walked the board through the process he uses.
Starting this weekend, he will advertise the position in newspapers and online. The applications will be sent, by mail, to Douma, who will start narrowing down the applicants.
Applications for this position will be accepted until March 30.
By April 6, Douma will have formed a packet of information on each applicant to present before the board. The board will then select, in closed session, four finalists.
Douma's intention is to involve several areas of the community in the interview process. He is urging the board to form focus groups of teachers, students, community members and school staff. Each of these groups will individually interview the candidates and give their feedback to the board.
The interview process will take place over a two-day period, with no more than two candidates per day. The days are long: each candidate will spend up to 11 hours with the school, speaking with each of these focus groups and then with the board.
The board will make a decision no later than April 18, and the candidate chosen will begin on July 1.
The importance of communication was heavily emphasized in the meeting. The new superintendent will have open lines of communication, both with the board and with the community.
"The community is very dedicated to the school system," Dave Saboe said.
The school board is very confident in Douma's ability to find a quality superintendent.
"[Douma] comes highly recommended and is very knowledgeable," said Scott Rinehart, president of the school board. "[Douma] has a lifetime in Northwest Iowa education and was the head of the Area Education Association (AEA) in the northwest corner."
And while the district is small, Douma feels that a quality superintendent can have a great effect in the community.
"Healing will take place through communication and through relationship building," he said.