We’re quickly coming to the end of the Board’s search for a new CEO of Jeffco Schools. The district’s Superintendent Search website shows the Jeffco School Board is still on track to announce one or more finalists the week of May 1.
What We Know So Far
On Wednesday, the hired search firm, Ray & Associates (R&A), released data about the search thus far. R&A initially contacted 825 potential candidates, representing 46 states. Sixty-nine people submitted applications, with the size and location of Jeffco attracting significant attention.
R&A evaluated and screened applicants based on the strength of their administrative experience and academic background, then focused on the qualities and criteria Jeffco wants in its next leader. The top candidates were then given a comprehensive interview by R&A and thoroughly investigated through references, state officials, other school administrators and people who knew them.
Eleven candidates — representing Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee — qualified for additional consideration. At the end of tomorrow night’s board meeting (which begins at 5 pm), board members will hold an executive session to learn the names of and discuss these candidates. However, they also have the ability to review all applications received, not just those R&A has pre-selected. We recall from one of the community forums hosted by R&A that board members will also have a chance to view video responses from each candidate to a series of questions.
On April 26, board members will interview the candidates they select tomorrow night.
When asked recently about the public’s role in this process, Jeffco Chief Human Resources Officer Amy Weber said that board members and the district want a process that ensures the deepest pool of qualified candidates, and many of the potential candidates have expressed a need for confidentiality.
Other Jeffco School Board Agenda Items
Also on the Board’s agenda tomorrow night:
- The first public hearing for the Jeffco Schools proposed 2017-18 budget, including the Financial Oversight Committee’s advice regarding reserves. If you’d like to address the board regarding the budget, sign up here.
- Updates and recommendations on the district’s plan to move all middle schools to a 6-8 grade configuration, including a discussion about proposed additions to some middle schools. District staff are recommending capital construction at Drake and Dunstan at this time to address overcrowding in area elementary schools.
If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you can watch the live stream. Videos of the meetings are also available there to view later.