After being granted additional time to choose one of three search firms, the school board chose Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, Ltd.(HYA) in a special workshop meeting held last Friday.
Trustee Valerie Arkin presented research to the board, saying that HYA received the most positive feedback over RJ Gatti Associates and Leaderships Associates. Of the positive feedback, Arkin said people who used HYA enjoyed good communication, workshops, transparency, help with drafting the contracts and creating informal settings with the candidates.
Complaints about the other companies Arkin reported were a lack of confidence, poor communication and only bringing forward two candidates.
The board members unanimously voted to choose HYA, adding that Arkin and board president Chris Grant would negotiate the final agreement. Grant said they are just starting with a proposal from HYA and expects a contract to be signed by the end of the month.
The next school board meeting was moved from Dec. 8 to Dec. 16, with an anticipated start time of 7 p.m.