ARDMORE, OK - The Ardmore Chamber of Commerce reaffirmed their commitment to the city by putting up some of the money it will take to help find a new superintendent.
A few weeks ago Ardmore Superintendent Dr. Ruth Ann Carr announced her retirement from the school system. Now the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce is helping with the search for her replacement. The chamber is donating $20,000 to pay for a superintendent search firm that will help the school board find qualified candidates. It's welcome news for a school system that suffered a 10% budget cut this year alone.
Chamber President Wes Stucky says they know the search process can be extremely expensive, and they wanted to help.
"We understand the financial constraints of the Ardmore City Schools, and therefore offered to fit the bill for that," Stucky says.
The School Board voted unanimously to accept the the chamber's offer during a special meeting last night. Ardmore School Board President Lucinda Hull says board members will still be in charge of finding the right person to suit there needs.
"We will come up with the guidelines. They will just search for people that are interested in coming to our school district," Hull says.
Hull says it is very important to work together with everyone in the community to make sure the person hired fits in on many different levels.
"With the school district you want to have the community support and it helps build trust among the school district, the community, parents, even students."
Members of the school board say they are in the process of organizing a focus group to determine what attributes they will be looking for in the new superintendent.