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Updated Timeline, Process and Survey Results for Superintendent Search


At the February 11 School Board meeting, the Board provided an update on the superintendent search process and timeline. Additionally, consultants from Ray & Associates summarized results of the survey that solicited input from the community members, staff, students and the Board on characteristics desired in an ideal candidate. 


Updated timeline and next steps:

  • 1/20/21 – School Board votes to work with Ray & Assoc.
  • 1/26 – Board approved job posting
  • 1/27 – Position profile posted on website, advertised on state/national recruiting sites
  • 1/27-2/8 – Community/Staff survey
  • 2/11 – School Board meeting update and review of survey results
  • 3/1 – Position closes
  • 3/2-17 – Ray & Assoc. to review applications and screen candidates
  • 3/18 – Board meets in executive session to review candidate information
  • Week of 3/22 – First round of interviews with top candidates
  • Week of 3/29 – Interviews & Town Hall with finalists

Selection Process Overview:

The School Board plans to use a process similar to that used by our district in 2018, to hire Dr. Manahan. During the first round of interviews the week of March 22, the Board will interview top candidates in executive session, while a group of approximately 16 stakeholders are invited to observe for at least two full days of meetings. Observers will be selected by their groups and represent SVEA, SVASA, PSE, Administrative Cabinet, Principals, Administrative assistants, PTSA, students, and 5 parents (selected by lottery). Taking into consideration feedback from the observers, as well as references and background checks from Ray & Associates, the Board will narrow the pool of top candidates to determine which candidates will advance to second round of interviews as finalists.


Finalist interviews, targeted for the week of March 29, will include Town Hall-type public meetings, a meet and greet opportunity with administration, and additional Board interviews. Ultimately, the School Board will make the final hiring decision during a public School Board meeting.  (For more information, see the Superintendent Search Process Update, presented 2/11/21.)


Survey Results:

For survey responses, that emerged as the key candidate characteristics and experiences valued by our Board and community, click here:  Summary of Survey Results, shared by Ray & Associates.