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School system seeking input in superintendent search
Options include online survey, meeting Thursday
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Forsyth County News


To fill out the Forsyth County Schools’ superintendent survey, visit The search meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, following the Board of Education’s work session at 4 p.m. Both will be held in the meeting room at 1120 Dahlonega Hwy. in Cumming.

FORSYTH COUNTY — The community is invited to be a part of the search for Forsyth County’s next school superintendent.

Residents can provide input via an online survey or attend a meeting Thursday night on the issue.

“We are just there to hear what the people have to say,” said Kristin Morrissey, vice chairwoman of the Forsyth County Board of Education. “We feel it’s very important that the community has a say in the type of superintendent we select, so we will be reaching out to all of our stakeholders.”

Last month, Superintendent Buster Evans announced his retirement effective June 30, prompting the search for his replacement. According to the system’s search timeline, officials would like to have a new school superintendent by the fall.

The system will begin to accept applications March 17, with a plan to approve an interim superintendent May 15.

Morrissey said a large part of the superintendent’s job is to be an active liaison with the community and parents, which is why it’s important they are involved in the process.

“We need to find a superintendent that is going to help us as we continue to grow over the next several years and that will match the needs of our school system to the desires of the community,” she said.

“We’re a high-performing system, but we’re always looking to go to that next level and we’re hoping to hear from the parents and the community what they feel is needed in a future leader to get us to that point.”

Evans has led the local school system since 2008. He came to Forsyth from Bleckley County in middle Georgia, where he was assistant superintendent of schools and then became its first board-appointed superintendent.

After announcing his retirement, Evans was appointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as assistant commissioner of education with the Department of Corrections, a position that starts July 1.

Deal has said Evans will lead education initiatives within the department and assist in the implementation of his criminal justice reforms.