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April 9, 2012

School board narrows search to 1

Expects to vote April 23 on new superintendent

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County School System has narrowed its candidates for a new superintendent to one.

In an announcement Monday, the Colquitt County School Board said  that it intends to formally vote on Samuel DePaul to take the reins of the school system on July 1.

DePaul currently is schools superintendent with the Stanly County School System in Albemarle, N.C.

“After hours of searching through 27 candidates, the members of the Colquitt County Board of Education have unanimously chosen to name Dr. Samuel DePaul as a finalist for the superintendent’s position,” school board Chairman Debra Hampton said in a statement. “The search included reviews of qualifications, interviews of candidates and psychological profiles of some of the candidates.

“It is unusual to name just one finalist,” she said, “but he seems to be the right fit. Others didn’t.”

DePaul has served as superintendent of the 9,100-student school system for eight years.

Prior to that he was superintendent for three years at the Penn Hills School District in Pittsburgh, Pa., Ambridge Area School District in Ambridge, Pa., and Rochester Area School District in Rochester, Pa.

DePaul also has worked as assistant schools superintendent, principal and assistant principal in Pennsylvania. He taught biology and chemistry in schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio, where he began his educational career in 1973.

“The members of the board of education believe he will fit in well in Colquitt County,” Hampton’s statement said. “We will formally vote on his appointment at the 23 April regular board meeting.”

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