The Orange Board of Education hired the Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) Executive Search Team to assist in hiring the next superintendent of schools starting July 1.
During March, the search team invited members of the Orange community to participate in two research activities designed to identify leadership characteristics and attributes that the community finds important to the success of the new superintendent of schools. An online survey was available via a link on the district website (www.oess.org) beginning Monday, March 16 through Monday March 23, 2015. The survey is anonymous, and all staff, parents, public officials and community were encouraged to participate.
Board of Education Chair William Kraut said the purpose of the survey was to “ensure the Board of Education has a clear understanding of the communities’ hopes for a new superintendent of schools.”
In addition to the survey , data collected at focus group sessions on March 19, was compiled and organized by C.E.S. Executive Search Consultants Thomas Jokubaitis and Jim Ritchie and published in a comprehensive report on the district website. The Superintendent Search Committee will use the data collected to assist them with creating the selection criteria framework that will be used to review candidate applications and to structure interview questions and activities.
“Gaining a clear understanding of the Orange school district community’s expectations of its next superintendent is critical to the success of the search and to the eventual success of the new superintendent,” said Thomas Jokubaitis, one of two lead consultants from C.E.S. “Data we collect will serve as a guide during the recruitment and selection phase of the search and will assist the new superintendent once he or she is appointed.”
With the help of the C.E.S. Executive Searches Team, a new superintendent will be selected by the Board of Education this spring with a schools leader expected to be on the job on or about July 1. 2015. A total compensation package will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
In a nutshell, the search committee is looking for a superintendent who possesses an authentic belief in educating the “whole child” and one that understands and model appropriate value systems, ethics, and moral leadership, and coordinate with social and human services, as appropriate, to help students grow and develop. The new superintendent must demonstrate leadership through empowering and inspiring others within the organization by visioning and shaping a positive and productive school and district culture. He or she must also be committed to collaboratively building the capacity of the entire school system while building mutually respectful relationships by working effectively with the Board to formulate district policy, define mutual expectations of personnel performance and demonstrate effective governance to all staff, students and the community at large.
The committee is looking for a superintendent who is able to establish and sustain effective communications with the Board, students, staff, parents and the community as a whole, including fostering relationships with the media and responding to community feedback. In addition, he or she must possess strong financial and managerial background, must be committed to improving learning outcomes for all students, must be active and visible in the schools and the community. Experience at PreK-8 grade levels is preferred.
The C.E.S. Team provides boards of education in Connecticut with a comprehensive approach to hiring superintendents, assistant superintendents and central office staff in a cost effective manner, and the full resources of the regional educational service center are devoted to finding qualified candidates for executive positions in public education.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent