THOMASVILLE — Thomasville City Schools board members are giving the go-ahead to a search firm to help find their next superintendent.

In a special called meeting Thursday, board members approved a contract with the Georgia School Boards Association to conduct the search.

School board chairman Todd Bennett anticipated GSBA beginning work soon.

“We’ll notify them and they will begin the process,” he said. “They’ll get to work right away.”

Thomasville City Schools used GSBA as its firm during its last search. Bennett said board members were satisfied with GSBA’s work during the last search. GSBA also is conducting a superintendent search for Butts County.

Dr. Laine Reichert was hired in March 2017 after a year-long search to replace Sabrina Boykins-Everett, who retired after 13 years city schools superintendent. 

Reichert submitted her resignation in May, and board members voted to accept it. Assistant Superintendent Daniel Oldham was appointed to run day-to-day operations, but he already had taken a job as deputy superintendent with Stephens County Schools in northeast Georgia.

Board members agreed to a contract with Lance Heard as interim superintendent beginning July 1. The contract runs through September 30, but may be extended if both the board and Heard agree to do so.

The cost for GSBA to conduct the superintendent search is $7,000. Board members also had an offer from the Regional Educational Service Agency.

Editor Pat Donahue can be reached at (229) 226-2400 ext. 1806.