During Tuesday night’s Georgetown County School Board meeting, the contract of Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier was extended for one more year.
His current contract was set to expire on June 30, 2020, and will now end on June 30, 2021, or whenever his successor begins to work, whichever happens first. Dr. Dozier will stay on as a consultant for the district for 90 calendar days after the new superintendent begins work.
“Primarily, it was to help and assist with the transition for the new superintendent,” Dr. Dozier said after the board meeting. “We have been talking about my retirement for some time.”
According to Dr. Dozier, the district will most likely start advertising and go through the process of hiring a new superintendent next summer. Dozier worked in the Greenville County School District for 21 years before coming to Georgetown County back in 1999 as the Deputy Superintendent.
“It is a pretty detailed process if you do it correctly,” Dr. Dozier said. “It could take six months or longer. I will stay as long or short a time as they need. I just want to be able to help and assist and not get in the way, but I have a lot of knowledge that I can provide for someone coming in if they are not in-house (candidate).
Also during the meeting, the school board tabled until next month the proposal that was to change the way that it conducts its meetings. On the meeting’s agenda, the board committee proposal was a discussion item but will need to be an action item next month to be voted on.
According to Executive Director for Human Resources Doug Jenkins, other school districts were surveyed and, “by and large the majority of them use ad hoc, so they meet when needed.”
Board member Dr. Michael Cafaro, who brought up the idea a few months ago, gave a few examples of how the committee format could work.
“Administrators, principals and assistant principals; we don’t have a salary scale like we do with the teachers,” Dr. Cafaro said. He later went on to say, “I think it’s worth studying. In fact, I even made a reference in a previous meeting to a district in Georgia that we could look at.”
Dr. Cafaro later went to give examples of coaching salaries that could be examined as well.
“To me, it would be worth an undertaking, and I would be willing to serve on that committee,” he said. “I don’t want to micro-manage but I would like to get into the ground floor of some of these decisions.”
School Board Chairman Jim Dumm said, “I think we can accomplish what you want to, Dr. Cafaro, simply by asking for an ad hoc committee to study a specific thing. I think we can study things without having a committee structure that sets up four or five different committees.”
Dr. Dozier said that he would draft a proposal for the board to look at as a policy for next month’s meeting.
The board will have a regular board meeting on Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the board room at the J. B. Beck Administration and Education Center.