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Superintendent search update on agenda for Thursday meeting

Amanda Blalock

Spotsylvania School Board member Amanda Blalock is slated to give an update on the superintendent search during the latter part of Thursday’s work session.

The board is also slated to go into closed session to discuss issues regarding the contract of whomever is chosen as the division’s next superintendent.

The board has yet to publicly discuss how it plans to proceed to find the successor to Superintendent Shelley K. Redinger who leaves at the end of this school year.

Redinger was hired last month as the next superintendent of Spokane (Wash.)  Public Schools and begins there on July 1.

The Spotsylvania board needs to decide whether to appoint an interim superintendent while it searches for Redinger’s successor, or whether it wants to try to hire someone who could be in place on July 1.

Though board Chairwoman Linda Wieland and a representative from search firm BWP and Associates have announced the options the board could take, there has yet to be any public discussion to decide how the board wants to proceed.

Discussion of how a board wants to conduct its search cannot, by the state’s open meetings law, be discussed behind closed doors.

The state’s open meetings law presumes that meetings of public bodies are held in public view. However, it allows some exceptions.

The board can legally interview candidates behind closed doors as well as deliberate on those candidates and iron out details of the contract it wishes to offer.

Blalock and Wieland are co-chairing the superintendent search committee.

Thursday’s meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be devoted primarily to issues related to the fiscal 2013 budget. Meetings are held at the administration building, 8020 River Stone Drive in the Massaponax area.

All meetings and work sessions are also broadcast on cable and streamed live via Internet.