Hannibal Board Asks Citizens to Consider Serving on Panel to Help Pick Next Superintendent

Hannibal’s Board of Education will soon begin the process of picking a new Superintendent of Schools.

The board is setting up committees that will help with the process.

Today, citizens who vote on the district’s budget proposal can also fill out a small form to indicate their interest in being part of the committee.

Board President Fred Patane said they’ll take all of the applications from interested citizens and draw them randomly to fill the ten slots.

He said there will also be committees made up of staff and administrators, local political leaders, and community groups tied to the school such as Home and School or booster clubs.

The committee will be formed at a special meeting tonight after the polls close at 9:00 p.m. because the initial meeting of the groups is set for June 8.

A consultant hired by the district to run the search effort will conduct the June meeting.

Hannibal will lose longtime Superintendent Mike DiFabio in June when his contract expires.  He negotiated an extension last year with a a committee of board members, but the full board rejected the contract.

An interim Superintendent has been appointed for the entire 2011-12 school year, to give the district time to find a new permanent leader.