Superintendent search firm begins its work in Fayette County
Public input sessions and an online and paper survey continue through the end of this week. The online survey will close Friday, March 13, 2015.
Below is the letter sent out Monday from Fayette County Board of Education Chairman, John Price, about the search firm work and the public input:
Dear FCPS Families:
While we continue this week to gather public input on what qualities our community values in a leader, your Fayette County Board of Education team officially kicked off its work with our superintendent search firm this afternoon.
Gary Solomon, Chief Executive Officer with PROACT Search, met with the board today and assured us that we will have the full support of his firm to aggressively recruit candidates who meet the criteria identified by our community. Rather than recycling candidates from a stable of applicants, Solomon said his firm will specifically seek candidates that would be a good match for FCPS.
He outlined a suggested search process that would enable us to interview finalists and select a superintendent in June. At every step of the search, we are committed to a fair, transparent, equitable and inclusive process that provides multiple opportunities for community involvement.
Public input sessions and an online and paper survey continue through the end of this week. The online survey will close Friday, March 13, but because of all our snow days, we are extending the deadline for paper surveys to be returned.
K12 Insight, our public engagement partners, will take all the feedback from the surveys and listening sessions, and build a candidate profile based on what our community has shared. That document will be presented to the board during the last week of March and we will share the full report with you.
Based on that information, PROACT Search will draft a position profile that will guide their recruitment efforts. They will present all of the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications to the Superintendent Screening Committee comprised of parents and employees.
That group will screen the applications and present a slate of recommended finalists to the school board, as will the search firm. We anticipate that the school board may conduct preliminary phone interviews and then publicly announce the names of finalists who will be invited to face-to-face interviews with our community.
Similar to the interview process used in 2011, each of the finalists will meet with community members, parents, students, employees and the public.
The board will meet again at 4 p.m. on April 13 with PROACT Search. At that time, PROACT will present us with a draft position profile and a specific timeline for the search. We will also set a date to meet with PROACT and the Screening Committee to clearly delineate roles and responsibilities for the school board, the screening committee and the firm.
We will continue to send regular updates on the process as we move forward. Please help us finish this first public input phase on a strong note by attending one of the following listening sessions this week or completing our survey at www.k12insight.com/fcps:
- Tuesday, March 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Masterson Station Clubhouse, 328 Masterson Station Drive
- Tuesday, March 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sandersville Elementary, 3025 Sandersville Road
- Wednesday, March 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Douglass Park Shelter, 726 Georgetown St.
- Friday, March 13, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Gainesway Community Center, 3460 Milano Road
- Saturday, March 14, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., William Wells Brown Community Center, 548 E. Sixth
Thank you for being a part of this important process!
Fayette County Board of Education Chairman