Roaring Fork School Board moves ahead with superintendent search
Special to the Post Independent
The Roaring Fork School District Board of Education laid out its plan and tentative timeline for hiring a new superintendent during its regular meeting Feb. 9, with a goal of selecting and naming a new superintendent at its April 27 meeting.
“April 27 is the goal and recommendation by (Hazard, Young, Attea Associates). We need to decide on it publicly, but that doesn’t mean we can’t change it,” Board President Kathryn Kuhlenberg said. “It’s a roadmap of where we’re going.”
During a special meeting of the Board of Education on Jan. 28, the board voted to move forward with Hazard, Young, Attea Associates, to assist with the district’s superintendent’s hiring process. HYA conducted the last RFSD superintendent search in 2012.
The board has begun the search process following Superintendent Rob Stein’s announcement that he is stepping down from his role at the end of this school year.
HYA is currently accepting applications for the superintendent position, which closes March 25. HYA will also conduct community forums and focus groups with key stakeholders to develop a Leadership Profile Report. Generally, these include PTA/PTO leaders, parent advisory groups, students, the current superintendent, principals, assistant principals, teachers, foundation leaders, union leadership, community leaders and others as the district sees fit.
Kuhlenberg explained during the meeting that a Leadership Profile Report is a comprehensive document that brings together the comments and feedback heard from the community as part of their service to really reflect what the community is looking for in its next superintendent.
The board voted to approve the superintendent hiring process as amended, with a few small changes to dates. There was no decision made regarding salary and fringe benefits for the superintendent position.
HYA will likely present five to eight candidates to the board for first-round interviews, depending on the number of qualified applicants. Finalist interviews will be conducted by the board the week of April 11-18, before the board selects a preferred candidate and negotiates a contract.
HYA will work with the board to provide advertising services. The board members discussed their preferences for moving forward with advertising, and all expressed their desire to go with HYA’s Package 2, at a cost of $3,400, including advertising across multiple national professional platforms. Board members also expressed a desire to pay for the additional Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents and the National Alliance of Black School Educators advertising package for $520.
Board member Jasmin Ramirez told the board she felt advertising to the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents was very important considering student demographics. There is always a need for more bilingual educators and administrators, she said.
Following is the draft timeline for the superintendent search:
Feb. 9: Planning meeting
Feb. 14: Individual board member interviews with HYA
Feb. 21 to March 4: Community survey
Feb. 21 to March 1: HYA facilitates focus groups
Feb. 28: HYA hosts community and all staff forums
March 9: HYA presentation of Leadership Profile Report with recommended selection criteria
Jan. 27 to March 15: National advertising
Jan. 28/29: Applications open
March 25: Applications close
Now to March 25: HYA recruits candidates
As applications come in: HYA interviews, screens and reference checks candidates
March 30: Present slate of candidates to Board of Education
March 30: Board selects candidates for first round interviews
March 30: HYA and board prepare interview questions and scenarios for first round interviews
April 4: Board conducts first round interviews
April 4: Board narrows first round field to finalists
April 11-18: Board conducts finalist(s) interviews (may need to be adjusted for spring break)
April 11-18: Board holds forums (optional), site visits (optional)
April 18: Board identifies preferred candidate
April 18: Optional independent background check
April 18: Board negotiates contract
April 27: Board selects and names new superintendent
May/June/July: Board workshop to develop (or review) governance and communication protocols, outline 100-day plan and draft superintendent goals
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