Principal search nearing end

Hancock County Board of Education Superintendent Kyle Estes said he expects the vacant principal position at Hancock County high school to be filled next week. If the school does hire a principal next week, the new principal takes over July 1, 2021.
“We are interviewing Thursday and Friday of this week,” Estes said. “We hope to have a decision next week.”

Roughly two months ago HCHS Principal Ashley Gorman resigned to take a job in the private sector. When she resigned, assistant principal Ginger Estes was named the interim principal through June 30 of this year.
Estes said five people applied for the principal position at the high school, with one internal applicant from within the district one of the applicants. Estes said legal statutes did not allow him to disclose the names or gender of the applicants.

The interviews start at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and also again on Friday. Estes said the interview process is a closed meeting by state statute.
Estes said an applicant must be certified to be a principal, or is in the process of finishing his or her certification to be eligible for the position. He said the candidate, if undergoing the principal certification process, must complete the certification within 8-12 months from his or her hire.“It is a well designed process,” Estes said. “The search so far is comparable to past searches.”

It is nine years at the superintendent of Hancock County schools, Estes has been part of eight principal searches. He said since he became the superintendent three principals were hired at North Hancock Elementary, one at Hancock County Middle School, two at South Hancock Elementary and two at the high school.

By Ralph Dickerson

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