Florida A&M Developmental Research School is nearing the end of its search for a superintendent. Four candidates are left standing after going through a seven-month selection process.
Beginning last September, candidates submitted their application and began the process.
Search Committee Chairwoman Gwendolyn Trotter explained that the applicants went through an informal screening, which narrowed the list down to eight people. Afterward, the eight candidates were given a formal screening in which they were asked pre-determined questions and scored based on a point system.
Trotter said that the screening process has proven successful in narrowing the selection down to the best person so far for the position.
Trotter said that none of the current faculty at FAMU DRS applied for the position of superintendent and that the search committee is looking for candidates with strong leadership and experience in the position.
Bill Johnson was appointed to FAMU DRS as interim superintendent last year by FAMU Provost Cynthia Hughes-Harris to fill the vacant position after Ronald Holmes resigned from his position after three years.
There was not much explanation given as to why Holmes left his position as superintendent other than citing “personal reasons.”
“Whoever is chosen, I’m sure will be amazing,” said Johnson. “I only want the best for these students.”
The search committee is under a time crunch, but Trotter understands the importance of the selection.
“We have to choose three people now to submit to the provost,” said Trotter.
The deadline for candidate submission is April 8. Hughes-Harris will make the final decision on the FAMU DRS superintendent.
Joselle Davis, mother of a third grade student at FAMU DRS is ready to know the final candidate.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Davis. “I really want this school to have a leader that is capable, ready to work, and is passionate about the students.”
According to Trotter, the remaining four candidates would be suited for the job and the decision will be made with care.
“We understand that this is sensitive for the parents and students of this school,” said Trotter. “We are taking our time so that we can pick the best person for the students’ future. The outcome will be great.”