Asheville school board prepares for superintendent search

During their Jan. 6 retreat, members of the Asheville City Board of Education reviewed their next steps for hiring a new superintendent. According to a draft timeline, the board will develop an online survey, decide whether to work with a search firm and schedule a series of public meetings to gather community input by the end of January.

The board approved six such input meetings during the retreat, with one to take place virtually and the others in person at the district’s central office, the Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center, Ira B. Jones Elementary School, Hall Fletcher Elementary School and Isaac Dickson Elementary School. The school board is planning to schedule a special called meeting later this month to finalize dates and times.

The board plans to interview candidates for the position in March, with a final selection anticipated for April. Once hired, the new superintendent will begin in June.

Former Superintendent Gene Freeman left abruptly June 15, more than five months before his previously announced November retirement, when the district bought out his contract. The system has hired five superintendents over the last 10 years. Jim Causby is currently serving as interim superintendent.


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