First they release a statement:
“Candidates with experience in curriculum development, budgeting, community relations, staff hiring, problem solving, building projects, working with city government/boards, press relations and Superintendent/BOE relations are sought,” the statement said.
The Hour reports:
On Friday, Board Chairwoman Rosa Murray released a statement that the board will hire someone in an interim position “to allow for a seamless opening of school in the fall, sufficient time for a comprehensive superintendent search and to meet legal requirements.”
The Board of Education began its search last week but is not releasing the names of the candidates.
According to Murray’s statement, the board is interested in former superintendents with years of experience in districts similar in size and diversity to Norwalk.
Google provides us with criteria that the San Diego unified school system used. Compare and contrast:
Criteria for San Diego Superintendent
Utilizing input received from parents, staff and other constituents, the Board of Education
of the San Diego Unified School District is seeking a superintendent who has
demonstrated strong leadership and management skills and possesses many of the
following beliefs and abilities.
An educator who believes that:
All students can and will learn.
Decisions should be made on the basis of what is best for students.
Fine arts, performing arts, academically challenging programs, programs for
special needs students, athletics, outreach programs, and career/technical learning
opportunities for students from a diversity of backgrounds/needs are essential to
maintaining a well-rounded curriculum.
Learning is the primary focus of public education, and school districts should
partner with charter and private schools, colleges, universities and other
educational institutions to ensure that appropriate life long learning opportunities
are available for everyone.
Parents must be partners in the education of their children, and schools should
reach out to parents in a family friendly manner.
Visibility in the schools and community is essential to the success of both the
District and the Superintendent.
What happens in the classroom is of primary importance, and that District staff
and resources exist primarily to support classroom teachers, school administrators
and other school staff in the improvement of student learning.
A leader who has demonstrated the ability to:
Work collaboratively and effectively with the Board, staff and parents.
Accept accountability, establish high expectations, delegate effectively and
provide support as necessary.
Address the achievement gap and issues related to it.
Analyze and use a variety of assessment data, in addition to test scores, in making
Attract, motivate, develop and hold accountable a high quality leadership team.
Build strong and active local support for the schools and school matters.
Communicate effectively on a regular basis with staff, parents, students, the
Board, the community and others.
Develop a vision with the School Board, community, parents and staff, then
clearly articulate that vision and bring it to fruition through the development of a
plan(s) of action and milestones to achieve concrete and measurable goals
developed in conjunction with the Board.
Embrace and celebrate diversity.
Empower others to assume leadership responsibilities in achieving District
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A leader who has demonstrated the ability to (continued):
Manage a large, complex organization while maintaining a balanced budget.
Provide an environment of trust and respect for the work done by staff, and
promote an esprit de corps that helps maintain a high level of staff morale.
Think proactively, being able to anticipate situations, as well as the consequences
of policy and management decisions.
Utilize technology as a tool for improving teaching and learning, and understand
the potential of technology to transform how children will learn in the future.
An individual who models:
A belief in the worth and ability of all, regardless of race, religion, creed, color,
marital status, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin,
age, or disability.
Courage, empathy, fairness, honesty, integrity, openness and a respect for the
opinions of others.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Self-improvement, creativity and risk taking.
Successful experience as a superintendent is required. Successful experience as a teacher
and principal, and an earned doctorate from an accredited university, are preferred. The
ability to speak Spanish is desirable.
Check the link to San Diego though, they provide a timeline of the events and process, ya know, open and transparent.
source: The Hour, Search under way for interim schools superintendent, By LAUREN MYLO, 07/13/2009