Board members were asked to submit approximately seven more interview questions to the search firm. Preliminary interviews will be conducted and five semifinalists will be invited to Knoxville for interviews with the board on Jan. 27, 2014. From that pool, two finalists will be selected, with one returning for all-day interviews with the focus groups on Jan. 29, and the other on Jan. 30.
The day for each finalist will end with an evening interview with the board. The board has the option of making the interview a public forum, though the search firm says that "99 percent" of the districts it has assisted holds these interviews in closed session.
The possibility of having a reception for the public to meet the finalists was discussed, but the board seemed to prefer to have only invited guests meet with the finalists during the interview days, as opposed to any kind of public forum.
"I don't know that I'm sold on an open reception," Moats said. Schmidt agreed that he did not want input from a lot of people.
The search firm raised concern in regard to having the candidates present at any time in Knoxville, without the board being present. These representatives agreed that a select few from the community, such as the mayor and city manager, could be invited to lunch or another time of the day.
No final actions were taken regarding the interview days.
From there, the board discussed the pay range it would consider paying. Out of respect to the board's wishes and the search firm's advice to the board, the Journal-Express will not disclose the range. We have attached a document provided to the board, from the search firm, showing where Knoxville's superintendent pay ranks among other districts in Iowa.