Of the four candidates most recently interviewed by the Lincoln County High School site-based council, none had the qualifications required to fill the principal position at Lincoln County High School, Superintendent Teresa Wallace said, and for the third time, the job will be posted in hopes of drawing more applicants.
"During the interviews, we realized that no one could do all of the management and instructional duties," Wallace said. "The high school doesn't want to give up on the criteria they want in a principal."
One step the school board has taken to resolve the problem is the creation of a new position at the high school, a school administrative manager. The SAM will take the place of the Academic Performance Consultant, a position which the board abolished at the meeting. The basic role of the person who is hired for the new position, according to the job description, is to be responsible for all administrative duties that are not directly related to instruction and student achievement including assisting the principal in managing school activities, supervision of classified support personnel, coordination of activities, transportation and building maintenance. "This will leave the principal free to spend 75 to 80 percent of the time on instruction," said Wallace, who stated that finding a candidate who has experience as an instructional leader is one of the criteria that the school council is unwilling to compromise.