GEORGETOWN — School officials are having to resume their search for a superintendent, after being told by Seth Miller on Wednesday that he had changed his mind about taking the job.
"The Georgetown-Ridge Farm School Board and I mutually decided that it would be best for them to continue their search," Miller said.
On Jan. 9, the school board voted to offer Miller a three-year contract starting on July 1. Miller said that the attorneys were working on the contract, and that he had not signed any paperwork.
"I felt it was better for the district and for me to withdraw at this time," Miller said.
Miller, the director of operations for the neighboring Westville school district, was selected from 39 applicants.
Georgetown-Ridge Farm School Board President Cheryl Kestufskie said Miller's decision was "surprising," but said the board probably would not meet to discuss the situation until the regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 13.
Kestufskie said the board would likely seek new applicants and reconsider the candidates who have already been interviewed, and hopefully have someone new in place by July 1.
"There are some good candidates out there," Kestufskie said.
On Jan. 9, Interim Superintendent Nanette Mellen said Miller stood out from a pool of 11 candidates who were given initial, screening interviews. Miller served as assistant principal at Westville High School for three years, and was named director of operations in Westville in 2007.
Mellen, a former superintendent of the Danville school district, was hired to serve as interim superintendent for the Georgetown-Ridge Farm district until a permanent superintendent begins.
Board member Lori Key said she was notified about Miller's decision late on Wednesday night. "This is very unfortunate," Key said. "But I have a lot of confidence in Nanette to help us to move forward from here."
Miller said he was confident that the district would do well.
"The Georgetown-Ridge Farm school officials have been very gracious, and the district is full of good people, but it is just not the right fit for me," Miller said. "Nanette will help the board members find the right person for their district." ###