Georgetown County School Board

The Georgetown County School Board during a Jan. 7 meeting.

The Georgetown County School Board met last Tuesday afternoon to discuss the search process that will be implemented as it begins the search to replace Superintendent Dr. H. Randall Dozier, who will be retiring as contemplated in his recent contract extension.

Back in September, the board voted to extend the contract of Dr. Dozier for one more year. His current contract was set to expire on June 30 of this year, and will now end on June 30, 2021, or whenever his successor begins to work; whichever happens first.

The school district said that they studied and surveyed the methods that other districts have used previously in hiring decisions and felt that using a professional executive search firm was the best approach.

The school board said they hope to appoint a new Superintendent no later than July 1, 2020. Back in Sept. it was made known that Dr. Dozier will stay on as a consultant for the district for 90 calendar days after the new superintendent begins work.

Yesterday, the board interviewed three executive search firms. The firms were BWP and Associates; Hazard, Young, and Attea; and the South Carolina Board Association.

After interviewing the three firms, the school board voted to enter into an agreement with BWP and Associates, an Illinois-based firm. The school board and the firm will meet again in the next week or two, to establish a timeline for the search process, determine the requirements for the Superintendent’s position and to discuss other steps that will occur in the process.

“BWP has experience conducting superintendent searches on a state and national level,” the board said in a press release.”

“We determined this was the best option for the GCSD because a qualified search firm has the expertise, resources and experience necessary to conduct a quality search for a superintendent at the state, regional and national levels,” the district said in the release regarding the search. “Additionally, a search firm is set up to begin immediately as soon as the school board provides input and direction.”

The release went on to say that, “the board members collectively believe that an executive search firm will provide much needed guidance, expertise and resources as we undertake the single most important task that will be facing us as a board.”

During an interview in September, Dr. Dozier said, “It is a pretty detailed process (hiring process) if you do it correctly,” he 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).”

Dozier worked in the Greenville County School District for 21 years before coming to Georgetown County back in 1999 as the Deputy Superintendent.