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Administrative procedures for screening and interviewing candidates

1. Advertise all open positions through the human resources department unless invoking board policy on transfers.

2. Interviews will be scheduled by the human resources staff.

3. Screening will take place involving the superintendent, deputy superintendent, associate superintendent, either the director of elementary or secondary education and a human resources representative. (The top candidates, ideally no fewer than three and no more than seven, will go before the interview committee).

4. The interview committee will consist of the superintendent, deputy superintendent, associate superintendent and either the director for elementary or secondary education, human resources representative, and representative members of the school council of the site in question to include one teacher and one parent at a minimum.

5. The interview committee will preferably exercise collaboration with the superintendent as to the "top candidate" in an effort to reach a "sufficient consensus" as to who the superintendent will recommend to the school board for appointment. In any case, it is the superintendent’s ultimate decision as to which candidate he or she will nominate.

6. The superintendent will notify the successful nominee whereas human resources will contact all others.



It's been less than two weeks after the shocking resignation of popular Newton High School Principal Dr. Roderick Sams, and the school system is confident they can find his replacement by the end of the month amid the batch of hopefuls that have applied for the position.

According to Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews, the system had 31 candidates for the position as of Friday morning. An e-mail from Mathews said that a screening committee would decide "who and how many candidates to interview on Monday afternoon, September 13." Interviews of the finalists will be conducted on Sept. 20, with the final nominee presented to the board at the Sept. 21 board of education meeting.

In the search for Newton High's next principal, a new set of administrative procedures for screening and interviewing candidates was followed. According to Mathews' e-mail, the new set of procedures has been in effect since July and was used in selecting new principals for Clements Middle School and Livingston Elementary School earlier this year.

Sams cited "personal issues" in his resignation.