Springfield school board members are picking up the pace on their search for a new superintendent, but acknowledge that it is unlikely they can find one before the next school year gets underway.
Nearly six weeks after the forced departure of Superintendent Walter Milton, the newly-elected school board is just now starting to interview search firms to see if one can help find the district's next leader. But the board has not committed to actually hiring such a firm, and may still conduct the search on its own. There has also been no agreement on what qualifications will be required for the next superintendent, or what salary may be offered.
Board member Scott McFarland says a new superintendent could conceivably be in place by September or October, but others say it could take six to nine months to make a selection.