Auburn City School Board halts search for new leader

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - The Auburn City School Board voted Friday to suspend the search for a new superintendent amid unexpected and unprecedented growth within the system. Proration was also said to be a major factor in the decision.

Superintendent Dr. Terry Jenkins received a formal enrollment report during a special called School Board meeting Friday. The Board then made the decision to suspend its search.

The Board said it was presented with a list of finalists for Jenkin's position, and that the decision to halt the search for his replacement was not a reflection on any of the candidates who expressed interest in the position.

The search is suspended until at least spring of 2011, and the firm hired to complete the search will finish the job at a later date. Officials say there will be no additional cost.

Now, a committee appointed by Laura Cooper, Auburn City Schools Board President, will discuss the feasibility of current superintendent Dr. Jenkins to remain with the school system until a new superintendent has been hired.

The committee will report findings to the School Board during the regular Board meeting, scheduled for September 14, 2010.