Next step in superintendent search set

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BELOIT - The School District of Beloit will be interviewing four search firms to conduct the search for the next superintendent on March 15. The open meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Kolak Education Center, 1633 Keeler Ave.

The board will be using an objective scoring tool on each firm before casting votes on which firm to select. The request for bids for potential search firms went out in January, and the board narrowed the firms to the top four as follows: HYA, Ray and Associates, School exc and b.w.p.

In December 2017, Superintendent Tom Johnson announced his resignation effective June 30, 2018, due to serious health problems. Darrell Williams, assistant superintendent for administration, operations and equity has been serving as interim superintendent.

"The hiring of a new superintendent is the most exciting and important decision a school board is responsible for making. We acknowledge the critical nature of this decision and also recognize the effect that quality education has on the economic development and the overall well being of our entire community," said Board of Education President Laurie Endres.

Endres said the board is committed to involving staff, parents, students and community members in the recruitment and hiring of the district's new superintendent. The first step in the process of hiring a superintendent will be to choose a search firm.

"Hiring a search firm will insure that the district completes a nationwide recruitment effort that is objective, fair and comprehensive," Endres said. "The board of education will be looking for a search firm that has a history of successfully placing candidates who made a positive difference in school performance and community engagement in culturally diverse communities."

Endres said the search firm chosen will help the district develop a timeline for the search and help the district solicit community input. It could include online surveys, face-to-face meetings, group meetings and possible meet-and-greet meetings with top candidates.

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