By Marci Watson, Staff Writer:
At an 8 a.m. called meeting at the Board of Education on Thursday, Dec. 15, the decision was made by BOE members to accept Letters of Intent from via a system-wide email interested in the Fannin County School System Superintendent position.
The BOE had four options to choose from in their search to find a replacement for School Superintendent Mark Henson. At the previous regular monthly meeting of the BOE, Henson formally tendered his resignation citing, “It’s time for someone new” and his desire to spend more time with his family. Henson has been a teacher, administrator and superintendent spanning his career in education.
The four options considered were:
- A formal superintendent search utilizing GSBA’s guidance through the process.
- An interview process using advertisement of the opening. At the board’s discretion, the pool of applicants could be limited to local prospects or as large and wide-spread as they wish. If a local pool of applicants is limited to the system, there is no requirement to post notice on the FCSS website, TeachGA or in newspapers.
- Appointment of superintendent. No advertisement is required. The board may request “Letters of Intent” from anyone wishing to be considered. These letters are requested through a system-wide email.
- Additional appointment option. The board makes the decision if they already have a choice in mind that they agree upon.
BOE member, Terry Bramlett, was unable to physically attend the meeting however, Bramlett was present on speakerphone and able to participate on choosing which option. All BOE members voiced their preference and voted to go with option three.
As of this afternoon, an email was sent to all personnel within the school system announcing solicitation of the Letters of Intent. Instructions included that letters should be sent to the attention of Henson no later than Jan. 6, 2017.