A discussion, and possible vote, to determine the next step in the process to fill the soon-to-be open superintendent's role, is slated to take place this week during the Grove Public Schools Board of Education meeting.

The meeting, set for 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 13, will include an executive session where the board can discuss the superintendent candidate, as well as "negotiate superintendent candidate contract" options.

If approved, the board will also move to appoint two members to negotiate a contract with the superintendent candidate subject to board approval.

About the candidates

Seven candidates, including three in house possibilities, are being considered to become the next Grove Public Schools Superintendent.

The candidates, ranging in experience from middle school principal to superintendent, include three women and four men.

They were interviewed during a day-long executive session school board meeting on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the school's administration building.

Tuesday's vote will be the first opportunity the issue would be eligible for board action, as the previous executive sessions were labeled to only include discussion periods.

The meeting will take place at the school's administration building, at the corner of Third and Broadway. The meeting is open to the public.

The seven candidates, brought to Grove for interviews, were narrowed down from a pool of almost 30 applicants.

They include in-house administrators Grove High School Principal Renaé Dozier, Grove High School Assistant Principal Bobby Kreutz and Grove Middle School Principal Pat Dodson.

The remaining candidates include Dr. Janet K. Neufeld, who serves as the Pawhuska Public Schools superintendent, Dr. Janet Hilderbrand, who most recently served as an academic vice principal in the United Arab Emeritus, and Duane Thomas, currently middle school principal at Gravette Public Schools.

Only one candidate, a superintendent from an Oklahoma school, with a size comparable to Salina and Wyandotte, asked not to be identified at this stage of the process. The Grove Sun is honoring that request.

Other business

Other business on Tuesday's agenda includes consideration of a software service agreement with Municipal Accounting Systems for student information for the 2018-19 school year.

The board will also consider establishing an account activity fund for Performing Art Center productions and its purposes.

Other employment issues before the board include the hiring of a seven hour cook, a bus driver, and two full-time night custodians.