Ralph Ringstaff is serving as interim superintendent of Murfreesboro City Schools.
Ringstaff was appointed during the City School Board’s Tuesday meeting. He is taking the helm following the death last Wednesday of Dr. Linda Gilbert, 69.
The board voted 7-0 to appoint Ringstaff to the job until a permanent director can be hired.
Ringstaff is the district’s assistant superintendent of Human Resources and Extended School Program (ESP).
The other candidates for interim director were assistant superintendents Joe Marlin (Federal Programs and School Culture) and Gary Anderson (Administrative and Support Services).
Ringstaff said, “It’s very bittersweet that I accept this position. With Linda Gilbert watching over us, we will continue to move the district forward.”
Ringstaff will meet with MCS staff to negotiate his contract and salary as interim director, and that document will be presented to the board at a later date.
The board chose to use the Tennessee School Boards Association to serve as consultant for the search for a new director. The other options were to conduct the search themselves or to find and hire a private consulting agency.
Board Chairman Butch Campbell suggested having a TSBA representative appear before the board at its June 9 meeting.
Board member Roseann Barton asked if the meeting with TSBA had to be a public meeting. Staff advised the meeting would have to be given adequate public notice and be open to the public.
The board was advised that there are blackout dates around the time of a school board election in which it may not execute a contract with a new director in order to prevent politics from being a factor as well as ensuring the board that hires a director is the board that will work with that person. The blackout will run from 45 days before the Aug. 6 election to 45 days after. The blackout does not apply to other aspects of the search, staff said.
Until the permanent director is hired, Ringstaff will oversee the district that has 13 schools.
Ringstaff was hired as the district’s human resource director in July 2010 to replace Lee Wilkerson, who became the principal of Cason Lane Academy, according to a Murfreesboro Post story.
Ringstaff was with Williamson County Schools where he served as the district’s county athletic programs director from 2007-2010. Before that, he worked in human resources for 26 years in other capacities. He has an undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Professional Human Resources Certification.
He has been a member of the: Board of Directors of the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, Williamson County Industrial Managers Association, Health Council, and Franklin Special School District's School to Career Board (Chair), and was named the 2010 TASSA Administrator of the Year and Williamson County Education Association's 2006 School Board Member of the Year.