Update #1 on Superintendent Search
The search for a new Shorewood School District Superintendent got off to a fast start. The School Board selected SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT from among four school leadership search firms who had submitted proposals. Within 24 hours of the job being posted, recruiting contacts were being made. The Shorewood Superintendent position is currently posted on websites, which are constantly monitored by superintendents and aspiring superintendents in the region and nationwide. As of April 29, there were already 16 applicants from three states. The job will remain open, and applicant recruitment and screening will continue through May 18th. The search is being led by Dr. Jack Linehan, retired Shorewood Superintendent, and by Dr. Pat Greco, current Superintendent in Menomonee Falls.
The next phase of the process involves collecting recommendations from the Shorewood Schools community on the top qualities the next superintendent should possess, called the Superintendent Profile. This Profile will be developed with three major sources of information: first, by a survey that went out to all Shorewood staff, families and citizens connected through the District website as well as Village officials; second, by several focus groups facilitated by SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT to include representatives from the district faculty from each building, support staff, administrators, parents from each building, and SHS students; and finally, with the School Board itself as the members review the recommendations from the survey and the focus groups and refine the qualities to a small, prioritized list. The new Superintendent Profile will be completed on May 12th and will guide the screening of candidates, the selection of finalists, and the choice of the new district leader.
It is important to note that names of the candidates in the early phases of the search will be held in confidence by the search firm consultants and by School Board members. This is a practical matter, as high quality candidates will not apply to a district where their names will be leaked to the detriment of their current work. The names of the finalists—the last three candidates—will be announced just before the final interview sessions in early June.
We will provide a weekly update on the superintendent search process on this blog We are hopeful that those who received the survey will complete it before the deadline of May 8th and submit their responses and comments. The search firm collects the data for the board to review and fold into their consideration in refining the Profile. The survey data will be summarized in a future column for community members to see how their neighbors responded.
Friday May, 1, 2015
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