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As the search resumes for a new superintendent, the public is invited to attend a community focus group discussion on Jan. 29 to offer input on the direction of the South Middleton School District.

Professional search consultant Tom Templeton will facilitate the discussion scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. in the Brenneman Auditorium of Boiling Springs High School. The event was rescheduled from the Jan. 16 event that was canceled due to inclement weather.

The purpose of the event is to hear public comment on strengths and challenges facing the school district. The intent is to review issues that need to be addressed in the next year and beyond and determine what critical skills will be needed in the next superintendent.

The school board reopened its search for a superintendent in early November after it was unable to reach an agreement with an unnamed candidate for the position. The board had launched an expedited search in July after Al Moyer announced his plan to step down as the district superintendent effective Aug. 18.

Since November, Templeton Advantage of Newport has posted the vacancy on professional websites through the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. This gave the search more of a regional and national reach, board president Randy Varner said in early January.

Varner outlined a timetable that has all the applications due by the end of this month followed by interviews in mid-February. A second round of interviews could happen in late February or early March.

The goal is to have a new superintendent in place before July 1, which is the start of the 2018-19 school year. The board would like to name a successor much earlier than that to give the new person an opportunity to train under acting superintendent Bruce Deveney.

Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.

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