Nov 18 2014

Open Interviews of Superintendent Search Firms: November 21

A subcommittee of the Board of Education and select community members will interview search firms to assist the Board of Education in their selection of a new Superintendent of the Piedmont Unified School District. The public is welcome to attend the  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 21 meeting held in the District Offices at 760 Magnolia Avenue.   This meeting will not be broadcast or recorded.

“While the interview and final selection of a Superintendent will rest with the five Board members, the Board asked to establish a small subcommittee to select which firm to use. The following people will serve on the committee to review and interview the search firms: Paul Benoit, City Administrator; Ray Gadbois, former member of the Board of Education; Katie Korotzer, President of the Associated Parent Clubs of Piedmont; Carol Cramer, Principal of Wildwood Elementary School.”  Board Vice President Sarah Pearson and Board member Doug Ireland will also serve on the committee.

The committee will hear presentations from the following firms:

1. HYA Executive Search

2. Leadership Associates

3. McPherson-Jacobson Executive Recruiting

4. Ray & Associates

5. Proact Search

After all presentations are completed, members of the public may speak to provide feedback to the committee prior to their deliberations.

“Although the subcommittee does not need to conduct the interviews in public, we are choosing to post this as a “Special Board Meeting” to invite the public to listen and give input. There will be time for public comment after all of the firms have presented and before the committee deliberates in private. Later, the chosen search firm will seek input from students, parents, community members and staff in a variety of forums regarding the qualities most valued in a candidate for the Superintendent position. Input from across the community will be essential. At this early stage we were looking for a small group people who represent parents, staff, and community and/or who have had experience working with search firms.”


“The committee will adjourn to deliberate on the selection of the firm for the search process. The Board Vice-President will coordinate the negotiation of a contract with the selected firm for Board ratification on December 10, 2014. It is anticipated that representatives from the firm selected will provide details of the next steps in the search process to begin in January 2015.

It is anticipated that a Superintendent will be selected by the beginning of April 2015.”

Read the staff report.

Meeting agenda.


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