The North County school district hired an assistant superintendent Thursday night during a special session.
During the closed session, the school board hired Mike Jarvis, who is currently an elementary school principal for the Central school district. He will begin July 1.
In 2003, Jarvis was selected as the Southeast Missouri Distinguished Principal of the Year.
According to school officials, Jarvis was hired to fill the spot that will be left vacant by Associate Superintendent Dr. Ed Garrigan in July when he retires and moves to Colorado. The district will be rearranging the duties of the two assistant superintendents.
School Board President Brad Robinson said the committee that was formed to find an assistant superintendent recommended Jarvis. The school board unanimously approved the decision Thursday night.
Robinson said the committee and the board felt Jarvis would be a good fit for the district. He said he is knowledgeable about the tasks he will be assuming.
Robinson said today they will begin advertising for a replacement for the superintendent’s position. Superintendent Dr. Terry Gibbons announced last month that he would be retiring on July 1.
Robinson said they would like the applications to be returned by March 3 so that the selection committee can narrow their search to two or three candidates by the middle of March.
Robinson said three board members, Randy Hubbard, Charlie Farr, and Keith Bannister will serve on that committee with other appointed committee members.
&#8220I hope the process will be done by the last week of March/first week of April,” he said.