News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, July 31, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's the areas largest school system with more than 32,000 students and 2,500 teachers working in 61 schools.
Add in a multi-million dollar budget and you've got Augusta's 4th largest employer. That's why leading Richmond County Schools is a big job.
The search for Richmond County's next superintendent isn't over, but the board has found their favorites.
"Our representative there will contact the candidates to make sure it's ok with them that we release their names," said Board President Venus Cain.
Cain says despite hopeful wishes it's unlikely a pick will be made by the first day of school August 11.
"This is a process. A very long process that you go through and we are doing our due diligence to make sure we get the right person for the school system," Cain told News 12.
Dr. Frank Roberson will continue to lead Richmond County Schools until his contract runs out in mid August. If no one has been picked by his last day the board has a back up plan.
"Our charter says that we have to take and put the deputy superintendent in," she said.
Interim superintendent's are nothing new in Richmond County. Dr. Jim Whitson lead the system during a transition period in 2010. At one point, Whitson didn't have the power to even sign checks, an issue President Cain says should not happen this time around if Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey has to set up.
Candidates will be notified as early as Friday and while Cain won't tell us her pick she did share what she's looking for.
"No non-sense. Someone who is going to hold people accountable. Not only just the staff but the parents and whole community as well," Cain told News 12.
The school board says if everything goes well we should know the final candidates by next week. School Board Attorney Pete Fletcher says it could be Monday or Tuesday.