39 apply for school chief's job


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Nearly 40 candidates applied for the vacant superintendent’s job in the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools.

Allison Schafer of the N.C. Schools Boards Association, the group assisting the ECPPS Board of Education with its search for a new superintendent, said 39 applicants is “a really large amount.”

“It is significantly more than we usually receive for a district of this size,” Schafer said.

While an estimated half of the applicants are from North Carolina, the total applicant pool represents 12 different states or U.S. territories, she said.

The ECPPS school board is expected to receive an update on the superintendent search, including including presentation of a summary of survey results, at its Jan. 28 meeting.

School board members are slated to review applications between Jan. 28 and Feb. 11. The board will then meet in closed session to talk about the applications, choose candidates for a first round of interviews and select interview questions.

From Feb. 25 to March 6, the board will meet for initial interviews and determine finalists for the superintendent’s job. The NCSBA will conduct reference and background checks on the finalists from March 7 to April 1.

Final interviews are expected April 1-8, followed by contract discussions April 8-15 and an expected announcement of the superintendent on April 15.

Although the school board has approved a timeline for the superintendent search that could have a new leader in place sometime in May, school officials have emphasized they won’t rush the process just to meet a timeline.

Joanne Sanders continues to serve as interim superintendent.

Sanders was tapped to step in after Superintendent Larry Cartner resigned in August, shortly before the start of the current school year. Neither Cartner nor school board members have said why Cartner resigned with two years still remaining on his contract.