Joplin School Board Continues Search for New Superintendent

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JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin school leaders hope to make decisions soon that will move ahead the search for a new superintendent for the district.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder says board members will soon decide whether to use a hiring firm to fill the position, or decide on a candidate themselves.

He says the board is in the process of seeking out firms, essentially asking the firms to apply to be considered. Ridder says the deadline for those applications is June 3rd, with the board planning to formally discuss the topic on June 16th.

From there, they’ll decide which route to follow. While gathering candidates themselves is certainly an option, Dr. Ridder says using a hiring firm has advantages.

“The difference is, the firm basically has what I would call a nationwide scope, and they really have done this before, and they basically know how to recruit and hire and really, you know, to manage that whole place,” said Ridder.

Dr. Ridder says if a firm is selected, they’ll suggest candidates based on a list of qualities the community values.

That list was compiled based on town hall meetings and input from about 75 Joplin residents.


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