Friday, November 11, 2016
Decision on new R-8 superintendent set for Nov. 29, first finalist to arrive Monday
The two finalists for the position will be announced when they come to Joplin next week to spend a full day talking with the board and receiving a tour of the city, according to the Board President Jeff Koch.
The name and information about each candidate will be released on the day the candidate comes to Joplin, Koch said. The board will meet with one Monday and the other Tuesday.
The candidates' spouses have also been invited and will receive tours of the community, including Freeman Hospital, Mercy, Missouri Southern State University, and the new medical school.
The candidates will come to the Memorial Education Building, meet with Interim Superintendent Norm Ridder and tour the community, receiving an opportunity to view district facilities, including the new Joplin High School, East Middle School, and Soaring Heights Elementary.
After a full day, the candidates and their spouses will have dinner with the Board of Education, Koch said, noting that this will also give board members an opportunity to see how they interact with the public.
Following the visits, the board will meet and try to determine which candidate will be offered the job.
That process will likely take a few days.
After that, if the arrangement is agreeable to both sides, the official vote will be taken at the November 29 meeting.