Beverly A. Carroll and Ian Berry
Liberty County, Ga., superintendent Steve Wilmoth today withdrew as a finalist from the Hamilton County Schools superintendent search.
Dr. Wilmoth cited public support for a local candidate who did not make the list of three finalists as a reason for his withdrawal. Comments by county commissioners about the legality of a search committees vote for the finalists was another reason, he said.
I didnt feel like the comments from a small group of people questioning the process were appropriate, Dr. Wilmoth said today.
Hamilton County Commissioner Larry Henry, who served on the committee that selected Dr. Wilmoth and two others for the school board to interview, said the committees secret ballot vote violated the states open meetings law. Commissioners Curtis Adams and Bill Hullander voiced support for Rick Smith, a county schools deputy superintendent, who was one of six semi-finalists.
Commissioner Charlotte Vandergriff said at this mornings commission meeting that she is worried the contentious, political" atmosphere will scare off all three finalists and cause them to withdraw.
It makes me wonder why anyone would want to come here, Ms. Vandergriff said. It does nothing to create unity, which is what we said were looking for.
The remaining candidates are Bruce Harter, superintendent of Brandywine School District in Claymont, Del.; and Jim Scales, deputy superintendent of Dallas (Texas) Independent School District.
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