The search for a superintendent for Florence School District One has already cost the district more than $7,500, according to Pam Little-McDaniel with Florence School District One.
The search started last year in October when the board hired the South Carolina State School Boards Association (SCSBA) to conduct it.
The board began talks of searching for a new leader when Dr. Allie Brooks announced last May he was retiring this June.
Since October, the district has spent $3,730.12 on supplies and $3,795.82 on travel in the search for a new superintendent. That brings the total as of Friday to $7,525.94
However, Little-McDaniel said Dr. Paul Krohne, Executive Director with the South Carolina School Boards Association, has not yet submitted an invoice for services rendered by his office.
The board named three finalists for superintendent, but failed to agree this week on which one was best to lead the district of more than 16,000 students.
The board is starting its search all over again.
A board member we talked to thought the search could add up to more than $16,000 in the end.
Some residents we talked to argue school board members should be better stewards of tax dollars.
Porter Stewart, FSD1 Board Chairman , strongly feels the search process was positive and proactive. He said in no way was it a waste of tax dollars.