Omaha school board members likely have the résumé of the district’s next leader in their possession.
On Monday, the 12-member board received a list of 68 candidates from Gary Solomon of Proact Search, the company the board contracted with to find a new Omaha Public Schools superintendent.
The board, its attorney and Solomon went into closed session for about an hour and 45 minutes to talk about the “top of the 68 candidates,” Solomon said.
He plans to talk with board members individually and submit a list of six semifinalists to the board. He will repeat that process and help the board narrow its list from six to three to one.
“We’re not going to pick the superintendent,” Solomon said in an interview. “That will be a board function.”
The six semifinalists will be interviewed by the board next week in closed sessions and they will not be publicly named, board President Freddie Gray said.
The finalists will be announced on Dec. 7 and interviewed by the board Dec. 11-13. The public will have a chance to meet the finalists and ask them questions.
The board plans to announce its choice on Dec. 17.
The board voted 11-0 to accept the timeline. Board member Justin Wayne abstained because his Union Pacific Railroad work schedule conflicts with the semifinalist interview schedule.
In total, 89 people applied for the job.
Former OPS Superintendent John Mackiel retired in August after 15 years in the district’s top spot. Former Ralston Superintendent Virginia Moon is serving in the interim.
Monday’s presentation began the final stages of the board’s second superintendent search this year.
In April, the board hired former Des Moines Superintendent Nancy Sebring. She resigned from the Omaha job in June after sexually explicit emails sent to and from her work account became public.
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