Input sought for superintendent search
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Board of Education has begun the search for a new superintendent. On Oct. 5, stakeholders, community members, parents and staff are invited to meet with the Board of Education to help guide the search process.
At the September meeting, the board heard from Bill Middleton from Mar yland Association of Boards of Education — the independent third party hired by the board to assist in the search for a new superintendent.
Middleton advised the board that although MABE and the stakeholders had no vote regarding the hiring of a new superintendent, input from stakeholders was critical and must be complied with, providing at least two opportunities for stakeholders to provide feedback.
“The process is a lengthy one,” said Middleton, “for identifying the best school leader for your school system ... I anticipate this process to be complete for us around April (2017).”
MABE will hold a stakeholder input session on Oct. 5 at the Board of Education building, 202 Chesterfield Avenue in Centreville. A 4 p.m. session will be held for employees, and a 6:30 p.m. session will be held for the community, including but not limited to parents, students, community members, business leaders, public officials — whoever would like to have input. Both sessions will take place in the board room.
“The board needs to identify the criteria for a superintendent up front,” said Middleton, “and express those criteria to their stakeholders.”
The position will be advertised locally and nationwide for 30 to 45 days and applications will be submitted directly to MABE. The board sees all the applications, said Middleton, and first round intensive interviews along with background and reference checks are completed by MABE and the school board.
After a second inter view, finalists will be selected and spend a day in the county visiting schools and meeting with staff, students and stakeholders. Focus groups created by the board from within the school system and community will have the opportunity to meet with each finalist.
During both of the input sessions on Oct. 5, participants will be provided a brief presentation about the superintendent search, will participate in group discussions, and will be asked to answer three questions: What things make Queen Anne’s County a special place to work, live and learn? What characteristics/ qualifications do you want in a new superintendent? What are some challenges a new superintendent will face in upcoming years?
The answers to these questions, said Middleton, will help with the recruiting process and in narrowing down finalists. All input received by the board will be taken into careful consideration, said Middleton.
Ultimately, the state superintendent must approve the final selection and the board must meet in public session to vote and appoint a new superintendent, said Middleton.
The board said they will use responses to these questions to shape the recruiting process for a new superintendent. The position of the superintendent for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools will be advertised starting in November with applications due by the end of January. The new superintendent would start work on July 1, 2017.
The regularly scheduled monthly board meeting will be held Oct. 12 with open session beginning at 6 p.m. at the Central Office in the board meeting room. For more information visit www.qacps.org or call 410-758-2403.