Ardmore Chamber donates $20,000 for superintendent search

By: Keith Moon Email
By: Keith Moon Email

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.

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  • by Scott Location: Ardmore on Mar 4, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    This is without a doubt the most significant job opening in Ardmore. Its a position that will affect not only the lives and education of our children but also the entire economy and future of this city. Some may think its a waste of money and that we should tack a "Position Open" note on a cork board somewhere, but they're so wrong its laughable. There isn't a single ACS board member that has any experience in a hiring of this magnitude nor would they even know where to start. We elect school board members to make good decisions and by accepting this donation to help fund a nationwide search for a top-quality superintendent, the Board not only made a good decision, they made the right decision. It wasn't a waste, it was an investment. Now let's hope the choose they choose the right person with the right qualities for the right time.
  • by Dan Location: Texoma on Mar 3, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    This is a good investment toward the future of the Ardmore schools. Which btw, could have a huge impact on the local economy over time.
  • by Opinionated Location: Ardmore on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    Even though it was the Chamber that gave them the money, it still seems like a waste. You put an ad in the papers nationwide and those online job hunting sites. Then, when someone puts in an app, you interview them. No other place I have worked for hired an independent firm to look for employees. If they are always going out to hire somebody to do the hiring for them and to make their decisions for them, then what do we need them for? I don’t care if the money was donated. A waste is a waste.
  • by lxfoga Location: denison on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    Why don't they recruit someone themselves and put that money on funding pay for teachers. With all the districts cutting back right now that seems more logical.My daughter is in school studying to be a teacher which doesn't seem like a good decision based on all the cuts right now.
  • by Gomer Location: Ardvark on Mar 3, 2011 at 10:38 AM
    Unbelievable. Wasting 20,000.00 for this? Otherwise.... what Ardmore LOL said!
  • by Ardmore, LOL on Mar 2, 2011 at 07:25 PM
    Why can't Ardmore elect Commissioners, school board members, or others who can independently make decisions without wasting time and money for the opinions of those who neither live, vote, or pay taxes in the community. This basically suggests to others that our elected officials are either ignorant, inept, or both. Or perhaps certain individuals personally profit from referrals to these firms? No wonder Ardmore voters refuse to pass any bond issues for the Ardmore School District. If their school board can't make a decision on hiring an administrator, God forbid we trust them to be fiscally responsible with bond money.
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