Clay Central-Everly school board met on Monday night to discuss the upcoming interview process for their new superintendent.
The process, set up by Les Douma, will involve two full days of interviews, and will include sessions with the school board and administration, as well as sessions with members of the faculty and staff, teachers, and community.
Topping the list of characteristics that the school board is looking for in their new superintendent is "effective communication." Douma shared this along with a list of what makes Everly and Royal unique communities.
"The decision is ultimately the board's," Douma said. "But they will use feedback from the focus groups."
Douma did offer a list of questions that the board had decided on earlier, and also encouraged them to ask questions that they might not have submitted. Topics that they're not allowed to ask, however, include where the candidate is planning to live should he or she be offered the position, what church he or she would attend, and his or her marital status.
Douma also encouraged the board to ask similar questions to each of the four candidates. This way, they get a fair idea as to which one would be right for the job.
Included in the process will be a tour of the communities for the candidate's spouses.
"It's our job to sell Everly and Royal to them," Douma said. "There's a lot to offer here."
The interviews will take place on April 17 and 18, and a decision will be made no later than the morning of April 19. Upon receiving the call, the candidate will give his or her answer, and the board can move forward with drafting the contract and acclimating the new superintendent to Royal, Everly and the school district.