The Manatee County School Board has issued a request for qualifications as it seeks to hire a school board attorney to provide it with legal advice, the district said in a news release.
The board took the step to find a replacement for current attorney John Bowen, who is retiring this summer.
General qualifications advertised by the school board include:
-- Be a member in good standing with the Florida Bar for at least five years.
-- Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
-- Minimum of five years local government, administrative law, or school law.
-- Experience in civil litigation and administrative agency proceedings.
According to the release, the school board will attempt to stick to the following schedule: -- May 31: Written responses due prior to 2 p.m.
-- June 3: Submittals posted to district website; board to conduct workshop to select top three candidates.
-- June 10: Interviews of top three candidates at 3 p.m. Final candidate selected at regular board meeting; negotiations ensue.
-- June 24: Approval of negotiated contract.