Search for new E. Grand schools chief hits high gear
The search is now under way in earnest to find a new superintendent for the East Grand School District.Robb Rankin, who has been the districts superintendent for the past 11 years, will be retiring at the end of this school year.At its Tuesdays meeting, the East Grand Board of Education was updated on the progress of the superintendent search by Tom Jacobson of McPherson & Jacobson LLC, an executive recruitment and development firm based in Omaha, Neb. He and his firm were hired by the district to conduct a nationwide search for the best candidate to lead East Grands schools.In preparation for that search, Jacobson reported that his consulting firm had a good turnout for its six school/community group meetings held Sept. 17-18. More than 70 students, staff members and residents of the district attended the meetings to give their input on the type of superintendent that should be sought.At those meetings, the participants were asked to list the good things about the districts schools and communities that might attract prospective candidates. They were also asked to list the skills, qualities and characteristics that a candidate should have, and what issues the new superintendent must be aware of to hit the ground running when taking over the new job.Jacobson said his firm had already received several inquiries to the announcement of the superintendent vacancy. At Tuesdays meeting, he had the board members review a number of questions that they want the candidates to respond to in writing. Their responses will help narrow the list of those most qualified to fill the East Grand superintendents position.Jacobson also presented the board with a proposed interview schedule for the candidates. Those interviews are tentatively slated for Jan. 14 through 17. The interview schedule is for four days, anticipating that the number of candidates will have been narrowed down to four by that date. The plan is to invite each candidate to come to the community one of the four days.The proposed interview schedule for each day of the four-day period is arranged as follows:8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Greeting by board president at the district office in Granby8:15 – 11:15 a.m. Tour of communities and schools11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Meet with administrators and lunch12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Meet with student government1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Break2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Meet with central office staff3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Meet with classified staff4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Break4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Meet with teachers5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Meet with community group6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner with the Board of Education7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Formal interview with Board of Education.Jacobson said that each day of the interviews would be a two-way decision-making process. He explained that not only the above groups would be helping to make a decision on which candidate is best suited for the district, but the candidates themselves would be deciding whether the district is right for them.The selection of the new superintendent is expected to be announced in February. The candidate selected will take up his or her new duties on July 1, 2008.
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