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ERIC Number: ED498841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Superintendent Search and Selection Process for Great City School Boards: A Primer
Council of the Great City Schools
The most important responsibility of any Board of Education is the selection of its Superintendent of Schools. The Council of the Great City Schools compiled this document to assist its member school boards in beginning the search for a new superintendent. Many models exist for conducting a search in urban schools: a basic and generic one is presented in this document, with text arranged in a question-and-answer format for ease of use. Considerations discussed include: (1) Starting the search for a new superintendent; (2) Deciding to use and locating a search firm; (3) Not using a search firm; (4) Specific services of a search firm or consultant; (5) Defining candidate characteristics; (6) Process to evaluate, screen, and select finalists; (7) Use of an external Advisory Committee and defining its role; (8) Appropriate roles and responsibilities of the involved parties; (9) Finding candidates; (10) Attracting "nontraditional" candidates; (11) Cost of a typical superintendent search; (12) Typical timeline for selecting a superintendent; (13) Major search firms across the country; and (14) Search firms recently used by other major cities.
Council of the Great City Schools. 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 702, Washington, DC 20004. Tel: 202-393-2427; Fax: 202-393-2400; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A