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The search begins for a new superintendent

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Public can make opinions known at meetings next week at area high schools

By Tom Wilmoth

Bedford County voice their opinions on the type of person that they feel would be best suited to run the division. I think that will play a fairly big role in the board’s decision come next year.”

    The board hopes to have someone hired by early next year.

    “Ray and Associates is the firm we have hired to run this process for us,” Edwards said  “They are a professional firm that specializes in superintendent searches.”

    Edwards said the firm will have a process in place in which they will give a voice to everyone who attends to air their opinion on who they feel will be best suited to take over.

    “It’s important first and foremost because we want to make sure that we get a well-rounded group of opinions from the taxpayers of Bedford County,” said Edwards about the meetings. “You can never have enough opinions when it comes to this.”

    He said the meetings will help the board be able to gauge the ideas and opinions of the public about who they feel should be next to occupy the superintendent’s office.

    Once the new superintendent is identified, that person will be able to begin being integrated into the school system. The goal, Edwards said, is for the new superintendent to” hit the ground running” on July 1.

    In addition to the meetings, Edwards expects a survey to be posted on the school system’s Web site where those who can’t attend the meetings can still voice their opinions.

    “That’s one more tool for them to provide input on our search up until Dec. 4,” he said.

    Edwards said the application process for the position will funnel through Ray and Associates and those that come in will be sorted through in order to make a presenation to the school board.

    Blevins took over as superintendent of Bedford County Schools in 1998 and will officially retire on June 30. He made the announcement early in order to give the board time to search for his replacement and work on the transition process.

    For more information visit http://www.bedford.k12.va.us/.