PITTSBURG — A search firm was selected last Thursday to assist in the hiring of a new Pittsburg High School Principal.

USD 250 Public information Director Zach Fletcher said the Kansas Association of School Boards was hired to do the search.

The board of education decided to hire a third party firm following the events surrounding the resignation of Amy Robertson.

Amy Robertson’s credentials were in question after Pittsburg High School students found discrepancies while writing an introductory story about her.

KASB Deputy Executive Director Doug Moeckel said the search will help USD250 with picking a candidate for the position — matching their skills and experience with the potential candidate's resume, along with a national online background search.

“We have a pretty normal procedure — vet them and look at their credentials,” Moeckel said. “We will have a national online background search and phone conversations with those who knew them that we know.”

Moeckel said KASB gave USD250 an estimate of $2,750 to $3,750, depending on travel and other expenses.

USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown said KASB was their choice because the board works with them regularly and the price to do the search was lower than others.

“We chose them because they do good work and we have worked with them regularly,” Brown said. “They cost a lot less to do search with the same result, we feel good about it.”

According to Fletcher and Brown the board anticipates a new principal will be hired within the next six weeks — right before the end of the school year.

“We would like to have the interviews going by the end of the school year,” Brown said.

Those who are interested in the position can submit an application on the KASB website. The application will be open from April 14 to May 18. 

The board is also planning to hire an outside firm to look over its hiring process.

This is another reason the board will have KASB do the principal search so a principal can be hired in a timely manner while the other firm processes the previous hire.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP.