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Superintendent search costs $20,000

By By SHERRY DIGMON
Advance Staff Writer
The Escambia County Ala. Board of Education's search for a new superintendent cost about $20,000.
Board attorney Broox Garrett, who assisted the board in the search, said the invoices will be forwarded to the central office for board approval and payment.
Two consultants were engaged in the early stages of the search. Their charges were $2,199.45. The consultants were Dr. C.C. Baker, a retired assistant state superintendent and former president of Alabama State University, and Dr. Byron Nelson, retired superintendent of the Homewood Board of Education and the Decatur Board of Education.
They were responsible for reviewing all initial applications and narrowing down the field.
Expenses for the out-of-town candidates who were interviewed in Brewton were as follows: Dr. Dan Bloom of Eudora, Kan., $1,002; Dr. Ellis Dunbar of Conyers, Ga., $176.02; Dr. James A. Kemp of Union, Ky., $675.22.
Expenses included airfare, meals, parking, rental car (if needed) and lodging at Brewton Motor Inn. Dr. Dunbar's expenses did not include airfare. He drove from Georgia to Brewton.
The two local candidates, Phillip Ellis and Buck Powell, did not submit expense requests, Garrett said.
Other expenses included attorney's fees, advertising and miscellaneous expenses.