Searches for SCHS Football Coach, School Superintendent Making Progress

Progress continues on the search to fill two prominent positions in the Stephens County School System.

Updates were provided on both the search for a new School Superintendent and a new Head Football Coach for Stephens County High School on Tuesday.

During Tuesday’s Stephens County Board of Education meeting, School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten updated the school board on the football coach search.

Whiten said that the search committee has met several times.

“We had quite a few applicants,” said Whiten.  “They have gone through, looked at the applications, and tried to figure out, out of those applicants, which ones looked like suited what we need in Stephens County.  They have narrowed it down to three.”

Whiten said that interviews will begin soon and adds a recommendation on a new football coach could come to the school board next month or possibly sooner.

Meanwhile, she said that no decision has been made yet on whether the next football coach will also serve as athletic director, as previous football coach Travis Noland did.

“We are going to wait to make the decision,” said Whiten.  “Right now, the first step is to find a coach.”

As for the search for the superintendent to replace Whiten, who is retiring from the Stephens County School System at the end of next month, Board of Education Chair Dr. Elizabeth Pinkerton said the board will soon get together to begin narrowing down the 32 applications received for the job.

Pinkerton said the board will meet next Tuesday to start doing just that.

“We are going to look at all of the applications, discuss them, and try to winnow it down to about six or eight,” said Pinkerton.

She added they would interview those and narrow it down further.

Pinkerton said the school board still hopes to have a new superintendent hired by Whiten’s retirement date, but adds it is not necessary.

She said getting the right person for the job is the most important thing.