GRANTS – The Grants/Cibola County School (G/CCS) Board passed a resolution to begin the process of hiring a search firm to assist with the process of hiring a superintendent.
Current Superintendent, Kilino Marquez, sat quietly as the resolution’s vote was passed.
Several board members had questions about the timeline of getting the hiring process done and how much it would cost.
School Board President, Joel Stewart, said, “It is my recommendation that we (the board) go out and look at our options.”
He indicated that several companies assist boards in helping them identify qualified candidates during the search process. Stewart said, “This is the purpose of the resolution.”
Board member Dion Sandoval asked what is the timeline for hiring a firm to assist in the superintendent search.
Stewart responded, “Now is the prime time to start the search.”
He predicated, “If we start right now, we can get it done in three or four months.”
“At that point do we hire?” asked Sandoval.
“It my suggestion that we contract for the person to start after Mr. Marquez contract ends,” commented Stewart.
Sandoval mentioned that he knows firms that can provide services that range from about $10,000.
Stewart quickly responded, “Or more.”
Sandoval said he knew of a organization: the New Mexico School Boards Association that has recently announced a new service for boards entering into a superintendent search.
Sandoval said the NMSBA costs are minimal in comparison to other firms. “Dr. Dan Patterson said he would work with our budget,” he noted.
Sandoval is the current president of the New Mexico School Boards Association.
Stewart mentioned that the board should look at Dr. Steve Joel’s firm, McPherson and Jacobson L.L.C., Omaha, Neb.
The firm recently facilitated the board’s retreat.
Sandoval said that acquiring Dr. Joel is a “little costly.”
Stewart quickly remarked, “Do you know what the cost is?”
Sandoval responded, “I know it more that what we paid at the retreat.”
“It wouldn’t hurt to look at options in the form of proposal,” said Stewart.
Regarding to costs, Stewart said, “If the amount is below $50,000, the board doesn’t have to go through a formal procurement process.”
Richard Jones, board secretary, said, “I don’t want the limitations of our budget to hinder us from getting the best candidate out there. I want to best candidate regardless.”
• The board passed a resolution authorizing the sale of $1.9 million 2012 A General Obligation Bonds.
• Jonathan Riley, representing the Teambuilders Counseling Services, provided a presentation.
• The board also heard athletic updates from: Clifford Tompson; Gerald Horacek, Laguna Acoma High School, and Trish Barajas from Los Alamitos Middle School.
Sept. 24, PLC Day-No students only
Oct. 2, Regular Board Meeting – Cubero Elementary School, 5:30 p.m.