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Bartlett alderman OKs super search funding

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BARTLETT, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Tuesday evening the Bartlett Board of Aldermen approved starting a search for a school superintendent for the still non-existent Bartlett City Schools.

A $35,000 contract was approved to hire Southern Educational Strategies to start the superintendent placement. SES is the same consulting group that did a feasibility of suburban schools.

The $35,000 was allocated to Southern Educational Strategies with the understanding that if a judge halts or delays the school system, the contract will go on a hold as well. The consulting firm will narrow down candidates to present to the new school board.

"The contract would be paid out in partial payments is a judge were to ask us to stop that," said Mayor A. Keith McDonald. "We wouldn't be spending money for work we weren't receiving. $25,000 will go to SES and $10,000 will be used , if needed for transporting people down for final interviews."

The alderman council is hoping to have a candidate for school superintendent by Jan. 1, 2013. The consulting firm has said they are looking at candidates across Tennessee and they have already had several people interested in the position.

Bartlett residents will elect a school board during the Nov. 6 general election and the new Bartlett City School board members will take office in December.

"The contract would be paid out in partial payments is a judge were to ask us to stop that," said Mayor A. Keith McDonald. "We wouldn't be spending money for work we weren't receiving. $25,000 will go to SES and $10,000 will be used , if needed for transporting people down for final interviews."

The city and alderman council realizes it will have to compete with the other municipalities and it wants the best superintendent.

It's unusual for a need for six superintendents for districts of similar size in the same area, so Bartlett wants to be ready to hire as soon as the school board is sworn in.

Additionally during Tuesday evening's meeting, the alderman council voted on first reading to annex five areas north, west, and east boundaries of the city. About 3,300 acres are included in the annex and it affects 2,300 residents.

"We were going to be annexing this area about two years ago. The economy though in 2008 it tanked and it delayed  a lot of our growth opportunities," the mayor said. "When you first annex an area you don't get the funding ... until 14 months down the road. So we have to move on to service them before we start receiving revenue from the property taxes."

The annexation approval has to go through three readings.

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