The Stephens County Board of Education makes its choice.
Monday, the Stephens County Board of Education voted to name former Gilmer County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey as the single finalist for the position of Stephens County School Superintendent.
All board members present approved Dorsey as the only finalist to replace Sherrie Whiten, who retired from the position last week after five years on the job.
Board of Education Vice-Chair Tony Crunkleton was absent from the meeting, but Board Chair Dr. Elizabeth Pinkerton said he also supports the decision.
Pinkerton said the Board feels Dorsey is the best qualified of the applicants for the position.
She said they feel he is well-suited to carry on the initiatives started under Whiten’s tenure and continue the school system’s focus on student achievement and financial efficiency.
“I do feel like he is going to work very well with our people,” said Pinkerton. “He has a desire to work well with everyone and I think he will help us tremendously in increasing our graduation rate and in helping us with any financial difficulties that we have. I was very pleased with him, his desire to do a good job.”
Dorsey served as the Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools from 2010 through September 2013.
The Times-Courier of Ellijay reports that Dorsey’s contract as Gilmer County Schools Superintendent was bought out in a 3-2 vote, about nine months after he had been given a contract extension under a previous school board.
Prior to his time in Gilmer County, Dorsey served as the Principal at White County High School from 2005 to 2010.
During his 22-year career in education, Dorsey has also served as the principal of Berrien County High School, a middle and high school principal in Candler County, and a teacher in Richmond County.
Prior to his time in education, Dorsey also worked for Georgia Power Company.
Dorsey earned his B.A. degree from Auburn University in 1989 and he also holds graduate degrees from Augusta State University and Piedmont College.
The naming of Dorsey as the single finalist starts the 14-day public notice period required by state law and concludes a search process that began back in December.
During that search, the Board of Education considered 31 applications and interviewed five candidates.
Pinkerton said she is pleased with how that search process went.
“We had excellent candidates,” said Pinkerton. “We were very, very pleased. We were actually very surprised by how good they were and how difficult it was to make a decision between them. We did think about it a lot and we did discuss it amongst ourselves and finally up with a conclusion late Friday night.”
Pinkerton said formal action by the school board to hire Dorsey is expected at its April meeting.
She said details of his employment will be developed by the Board of Education in the coming weeks and he is expected to start in early May.
In the meantime, Assistant Superintendent Jason Kaup is serving as the Interim Superintendent.