FARMINGTON – The Regional School Unit 9 search for a new superintendent is underway to replace current Superintendent Tom Ward, who is retiring June 30.

The board of directors is using the Maine School Management Association to help them find a superintendent. The board has used the association during past searches.

The association will also screen applications to make sure applicants have all qualifications and certifications needed.

The position was posted Feb. 2 and has been advertised on the association’s website (www.msmaweb.com), on the district’s website (www.mtbluersd.org) and two other education-related sites.

Several potential applicants have contacted the association for application packets, Director Tami Labul, chairwoman of the board’s Administrative Evaluation Committee, said Thursday.

The application deadline is Feb. 23. All applications are going to the association and not the district or board members.

The committee hopes to conduct first interviews the second week of March, Labul said.

An interview committee will consist of members of the evaluation committee and a variety of stakeholders, including community members, parents, teachers, administrators and support staff.

A survey will be released soon so that people can have input into what qualities they would like to see in a new superintendent, she said.

It will be available on the district’s website and Facebook page. Paper copies will be available at libraries and town offices, Labul said.

The board’s Administrator Evaluation Committee also plans to visit schools in the district to get input from staff. Those meetings start Thursday.

The hope is to recommend a candidate to the full board in April, she said.