The associate superintendent of Bartow County schools appears headed to become the next superintendent of Pickens County schools, following an announcement at a Thursday school board meeting.
The board announced at a called meeting that Dr. Ben Desper is the sole finalist for the superintendent job here. Under Georgia law, a school board must wait 14 days after naming a finalist before they can officially sign a contract.
A press release handed out following the meeting Thursday stated, “after a lengthy search that began in January, 2011, the Pickens County Board of Education has named Dr. Ben Desper as the finalist for the superintendent of schools.”
Dr. Desper is presently Associate Superintendent of Bartow County schools. He has 27 years of administrative experience and has been in the Bartow County school system since 2008. Prior to working in Bartow County he was a successful teacher, elementary principal, middle school principal, high school principal and has superintendent experience, according to the press release.
“The Board of Education was impressed with Dr. Desper’s knowledge and experience in finance and budgeting, curriculum and instruction, and his success as a principal at all levels,” the press release stated. “His experience is in North Georgia school systems of Floyd, Habersham and Trion, all of which share common characteristics with Pickens County.”
Wendy Lowe, chair of the school board, stated in the press release, “We are delighted to have someone of Dr. Ben Desper’s experience and ability to be our next superintendent. We have had a very deliberate and thorough search process and I appreciate how well the board has worked together through the search process.”
See more on the selection in next week’s print edition