Announcement of Superintendent Finalist

Press Release - Announcement of Superintendent Finalist
Posted on 06/29/2021
Announcement of Superintendent Finalist

Press Release
Announcement of Superintendent Finalist
Gilmer County Board of Education
June 27, 2021

The Gilmer County Board of Education named Dr. Hal Brian Ridley as the single finalist for the position of Superintendent of the Gilmer County Schools at a called meeting on June 26, 2021.  The Board voted to name Dr. Ridley as the single finalist for the fourteen-day period of public notice as required by Georgia law.

After reviewing applications and interviewing a number of excellent candidates, the Gilmer County Board of Education determined that Dr. Ridley is the best applicant for the position of Superintendent.  The Board selected Dr. Ridley from among the pool of 29 applications received from across Georgia and the Southeast.  The Board voted unanimously to name Dr. Ridley as the single finalist for the position and announced its intention to name him as Superintendent after the 14-day period of public notice.
 
Because of the importance of Superintendent selection, the Board devoted a great deal of effort and time to the Superintendent search and followed a structured and deliberate process over a three-month period.  The Board advertised the position widely and considered community and employee input to develop the profile and selection standards that were used in the search process.  In making its decision, the Board considered skills of each applicant, knowledge of and familiarity with Gilmer County schools and the community, and fit of applicant leadership style with the people and needs of the system.  The Board also considered each applicant’s potential and previously demonstrated ability to unify the school community, to work collaboratively with all categories of employees, and to raise important measures of student achievement such as graduation rates and career and college readiness.  The Board specifically sought a Superintendent who would work with all elements of the community and school system to establish goals and who would lead the school system to achieve those goals over time.

Dr. Ridley currently serves as Assistant Superintendent of Haralson County Schools. He has 25 years of experience in education including time as a Middle School Principal, Elementary School Principal, and Band Director.

In the coming weeks, details of Dr. Ridley’s’ employment will be developed by the Board and formal action to employ him as Superintendent is expected at the next regular Board Meeting.  After action to formally employ Dr. Ridley, he will cooperate with Ms. Kim Cagle, Interim Superintendent, to transition into the Superintendent’s position.

Ridley Letter.docx
Ridley Resume.docx
Ridley Certificate.pdf

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