Beloit narrows superintendent search to two

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BELOIT - The School District of Beloit Board of Education has announced two candidates will be invited back to interview for the superintendent position.

They are Dr. Stanley Munro of Dallas, Texas and Brian L. Metcalf of Chicago, Illinois.

The two men will return Monday afternoon for final interviews.

"These interviews will be conducted in closed session and we look forward to announcing a decision shortly thereafter," said Board of Education President Pam Charles.

Munro is an executive director with the Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas, and Metcalf is managing director of impact for Americorps' program, City Year Chicago, according to Charles.

The goal is to have a superintendent selected by the beginning of March.

Contracts typically begin July 1.

Interim Superintendent Donald Childs is scheduled to remain through July and the board would like a new superintendent to begin by July 1.

The board interviewed a total of six superintendent candidates Tuesday and Wednesday in closed session meetings. A total of 47 candidates completed the application process. Board members saw videos of the top 10 candidates selected by its search firm, and the board selected six to interview.

When asked if the candidates had undergone full background checks, Charles said the background checks and references were conducted by its search firm. When asked if the district or board intends to do its own background checks as well, Charles said "yes."

The School District of Beloit has been without a permanent superintendent since Tom Johnson resigned. Johnson resigned at the end of his contract, June 30, 2018, but had been absent from the district since Nov. 2, 2017 due to medical reasons. The district suspended an earlier search in May 2018 for a permanent superintendent after information about an identified finalist came to light pertaining to ongoing allegations of inappropriate and discriminatory behavior, claims the candidate denied. There had been debate among board members whether the search firm had properly backgrounded candidates and notified the board of any issues.

Interim Superintendent Donald Childs was then hired in July 2018 until another search for a permanent superintendent could be completed.

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