The board started the search using its own staff resources, but wasn't able to find enough qualified candidates, said Sudbury Catholic's board chair, Jody Cameron.
Part of the problem is that out of the province's 76 school boards, 35 directors of education have retired in the past year, so the pool of candidates is slim, he said.
Sudbury Catholic is currently in the process of evaluating proposals from three head-hunting firms. He estimates it will cost up to $40,000 to hire the firm, with the funds coming from the board's human resources budget.
The board is hopeful a new director of education will be in place for late spring or early summer, Cameron said.
“It's going well, but it's just going to take some time,” he said. “We've got to tap people on the shoulder and see if they're interested.”
The current director of education, Catherine McCullough, announced her resignation last fall. She's been with the board since 2007.
McCullough, who originally had planned to leave the board as of March 31, has postponed her departure by a few months to help with the transition, Cameron said.