An interim superintendent will lead Merrill Area Public Schools for another school year as the School Board continues its search for a permanent top administrator.
After only two candidates applied for the job in a second round of requests for applicants, the board decided to extend its search into the 2012-13 school year and hire an interim superintendent, said Bill Jaeger, board president. Neither of the most recent candidates had superintendent experience, said Don Stevens, a partner with SCF Educational Consultants, the firm the district hired to coordinate the search.
"It wasn't a big pool (of candidates)," Jaeger said. "I think, and the board thinks, give it another year."
Board members set no specific timeline for hiring an interim superintendent, Jaeger said, but they will be meeting soon to discuss the details of the hiring process.
Jaeger said he had confidence in the team of administrators Merrill Area Public Schools has in place, who "can maintain and continue to grow the district."