The public will soon have an opportunity to give input on the search for a new Georgetown County School superintendent.

The current superintendent, Dr. Randy Dozier will retire this summer.

During the Feb. 4 school board meeting, BWP and Associates gave an update to the board. They are an executive search firm from Okatie, selected on Jan. 7 to begin the selection process.

“Our job is to help you find an outstanding superintendent with a process that will give the community confidence about the choice that you ultimately make,” Dr. Frank Morgan from BWP and Associates said as he gave details about the search. Dr. Morgan said he was “happy to say” that his firm has already received preliminary interest in the position.

Dr. Morgan updated the board with a timeline on the search that will take place over the next few months. From Feb. 24-26, there will be a round of “community engagement activities.”

“That is an opportunity for the school board, internal and external stakeholders to provide input for the search,” Dr. Morgan said. He said that they will use the feedback from that process to develop a “leadership profile” and a “compensation salary statement” to they will use for a broader advertisement for the superintendent position.

On Feb. 24, the community will have a chance to give input on the search.

Andrews High: 5-6 p.m.

Georgetown High: 6-7 p.m.

Waccamaw High: 6-7 p.m.

Carvers Bay High: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

“We want to hear from people,” Dr. Morgan said.

If the public cannot make the meetings, there will be an online survey available starting Feb. 24. It will be in English or Spanish and ask various questions that will be helpful to the firm in the search process.

BWP and Associates said they then will come back at the March 3 school board meeting and present a report on what they found from the community engagement aspect of the search. They will also bring a draft on a “leadership profile” for the search.

“The leadership profile is a statement about what the board and community are looking for,” Dr. Morgan said. “It is an integral part of what we use to screen candidates and interact with candidates.”

Dr. Morgan said that formal advertising for the position will run from February through April 24th, but the firm will not wait until the end so they can start getting background information as soon as they can.

“As candidates apply or begin to apply; we begin screening them immediately,” Dr. Morgan said.

On the April 7 board meeting, the school board will be given another update on the search and results of the online survey.

On May 4, the school board will start selecting candidates from a list of around five given to them for initial interviews.

Those initial interviews will take place from May 11-13, after which the school board will name three finalists, in accordance with South Carolina state law. The second round of interviews will be from May 18-20 and Dr. Dozier’s successor is expected to be named shortly afterward.

The new superintendent is expected to start work on or before July 1.

In other business:

The school district announced the interim replacement for Dr. Tim Carnahan, who is leaving the district to become principal at Lexington Elementary School in Columbia. Travis Klatka, who has been the assistant principal at Waccamaw Middle for the past five years, will fill that role.

Ginny Skinner Haynes was named Klatka’s replacement. She is currently the assistant principal at Dutch Fork High School in Columbia.

There will be a regular board work session meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at J.B. Beck Administration and Education Center.