Board president seeks commission input on treasurer selection

Board president seeks commission input on treasurer selection


The city’ school board’s president is requesting the advice of the academic distress commission on choosing the district’s next treasurer.

The board has narrowed to four the list of finalists to replace retiring Treasurer William Johnson.

In a letter to the commission, board President Lock P. Beachum Sr. asked for its recommendations before the board’s next meeting on April 25.

“We are very willing and thankful to work with you in obtaining the best candidate and seeking any suggestions you may have regarding this position,” Beachum wrote. “I am asking for your input in this very critical decision for the district.”

After Tuesday’s board meeting, Beachum said although the commission input is not required, he asked for it as a sign of solidarity.

The board, Beachum said, did the same thing when looking for a superintendent last year.

“We have to show them we are cooperating,” said Beachum. “We aren’t going off as a separate entity. When we work together, it’s best for the community.”

He said commission member Paul Williams, a retired superintendent, was present during applicant interviews.

The applications for the job were attached to the letter. Beachum asked that commission members rank the best candidate.

Beachum has said he expects the board will select Johnson’s replacement this month or early next month.

Johnson has been treasurer since late 2007.

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