District to announce interim superintendent
The Bordentown Regional School District is expected to see a new face in the superintendent’s office, as the Board of Education was set to vote on an interim superintendent at the end of January before Constance Bauer’s retirement takes effect on Feb. 1.
There were seven candidates who applied for the position, and as of press time, the last two candidates had been interviewed and narrowed down to one final candidate. The personnel committee was set to make its recommendation to the Board of Education, school board president Mark Drew said, and the full board was scheduled to vote on the candidate at the next board meeting.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Jan. 22, but was pushed back to Jan. 27 due to inclement weather. Despite the delayed meeting, Drew still expected that the position would be filled by the end of the month.
The board has been scrambling to find someone to fill the position since Bauer announced her retirement just two months ago in early December.
Bauer is set to retire Feb. 1 after five years with the district and 26 years working in the public school systems as a teacher and administrator, and plans during her retirement to spend time with her family and consider what her next career path will be. When Bauer was hired in August 2008, she was the fourth superintendent in the district in the span of just more than a year.
An interim superintendent is hired to hold the position only temporarily. While many details were still undecided as of press time, Drew said the interim superintendent, typically a retired superintendent who cannot take on the job permanently, would be paid per day for his or her work.
Drew said the board decided at its December meeting to concentrate on finding an interim superintendent because of the time constraints of just a few months.
“We looked at the best way we can do it for the district, with the time constraints of doing an interim,” Drew said. “And we’ll have to make another decision on how we’ll go about with a fulltime superintendent.”
Once the interim superintendent is in place, Drew expected the board to sit down and figure out the detailed process of hiring a fulltime superintendent, which could take up to 6 months to a year to put someone in place.
Not much has been decided about how that search will proceed.
Drew said the board would research throughout the process and consider suggestions, such as forming another committee in addition to the personnel committee, but many ideas still need to be discussed.
Before deciding on a set plan, Drew hoped to examine research and consider advice from professionals, as well as look at input from the board, committee, interim superintendent, NJ School Boards Association and other parties involved.
While it’s not necessary to have the position filled with a fulltime candidate by July 1, it was recommended to try to have someone in place after six months, Drew said.