"I don’t think we’ll ever find someone to replace Kathy and her personal passion to meet community needs. The mold was broken when they made her. Lincoln County has been very fortunate in having her serve as United Way of Lincoln County executive director.
"In terms of hiring an executive director, we established an executive director search committee consisting of five board members. The search committee and the executive board met and developed the attributes and proficiencies both committees felt necessary for the next executive director. We advertised the job opening and had a good number of applicants. When the applications were evaluated against a rubric, we had a minimal number that met the attributes and proficiencies but enough to begin interviews. Once we began scheduling interviews we learned that two applicants had already accepted other jobs and one was no longer interested. That’s when we made the decision to post the job opening again in mid-December for another month. The search committee felt that there needed to be five to seven qualified applicants for an initial interview with applicant pool being reduced to two or three applicants for a second interview.
"We hope to move through the two interview phases as quickly as possible because Kathy’s retirement occurs the later part of March. The key to filling the position will be based on qualified applicants applying from the second posting of the job opening.
"We do hope we can have the position filled before Kathy retires."
So far, the School Board has not extended the January 1st deadline it originally set for receiving applications for the Superintendent job.