Update #4 on Superintendent Search
The search for the new Shorewood Superintendent is reaching the exciting and all important interview stage. This past week, the search consultants selected a small list of highly qualified candidates who best matched the Profile of the New Shorewood Superintendent. The search attracted 50 applicants, and the School Board chose a slate of seven applicants for preliminary interviews in the coming week. The seven educational leaders are a mix of current superintendents, directors of instruction, and a principal, all from an interesting mix of school communities. The task before the School Board is now to determine which one of the candidates is the best fit for Shorewood.
The preliminary interviews next week will provide the School Board an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and their unique qualities that match what we believe district leadership requires in Shorewood at this time. Candidates are also eager to learn more about Shorewood and the unique challenges and opportunities in our school community. Remember, these are two-way interviews; candidates are looking for the just-right fit too and the best qualified among them have multiple job options. An important reminder: the candidates are promised confidentiality during this phase of the process. It would be imprudent, even harmful to the process and to the reputation of the school district, should any of the names of candidates be made public during the early phase.
The culmination of the interview process will occur in early June when three finalist candidates will be invited to spend much of a day in the Shorewood schools. Each candidate will have a day when she/he will have lunch with the administrative team, tour each school (led by the principal), as well as spend some time with the Recreation Department and the District Finance leaders. There are plans to have each candidate meet an audience of parents, faculty, students, and citizens in a forum-presentation format later in the afternoon. Each candidate will make some introductory remarks followed by a facilitated question session. The forums provide an opportunity for a wider audience to meet the candidate in a group setting, to gain a sense of personal qualities and how each could help lead the Shorewood Schools in the next many years. Those attending the forums will have the opportunity to provide their observations to the School Board through a feedback form that will be shared with Board members.
The search is progressing as planned. The School Board is expected to name a new superintendent in mid-June with an anticipated start in late July/early August.
Friday May, 22, 2015
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