The Bethalto School District is looking for a new superintendent.  Cindy Blasa will retire next summer, and the school board took action this week during a special meeting to hire a search firm to begin the process of recruiting a new leader.  Blasa has been superintendent since July of 2010, but has been employed by the district for 33 years.

During its special meeting this week, the Bethalto School Board agreed to hire McPherson and Jacobson LLC of Omaha, Nebraska, to conduct the search.  Once a final contract is set with the firm, it will then advertise the position and narrow the field of potential candidates to roughly a half dozen that will then be interviewed by the board.   Bethalto School Board President Tom Beierman says he hopes a new superintendent can be hired after the first of the year.

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