Superintendent Search

On this page, you can find the most up-to-date information about the ongoing search for our next district superintendent.

Ichabod Crane community members are encouraged to contact the board directly at their email address if they have any questions about the superintendent search.

 

(August 15, 2019) The Superintendent Search Community Survey is Now Live! Click and give your feedback.

The Community Survey is available from August 15 – September 13, 2019, Please read the short message below from our board of education before taking the survey

The Board feels it is very important to obtain community input about the desired characteristics of the next superintendent as well as the challenges and opportunities that they will encounter. To that end, an online survey has been posted and we strongly encourage everyone, from all stakeholder groups, to respond and provide their input. The survey can be found HERE and will be available until September 13th.
 

Everyone is encouraged to fill out the survey once. You can also cut and paste the link to the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IchCraneCSD2019Search  

 
Members of various stakeholder groups, (PTA, Boster club, CSEA, etc) are also encouraged to speak with their representatives who will be meeting with the consultants and share any additional input they might have.

 
We welcome everyone to the Open Community Forum with the consultants on the evening of September 9th, at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.

 
Our goal is to appoint a new superintendent at a special meeting on December 16, 2019 with an anticipated start date of January 21, 2019.
 

Please continue to check back for ongoing updates.
Board of Education

 

(August 12, 2019) 

The following is a message from the Ichabod Crane Board of Education President, Matthew Nelson, about the current state of our superintendent search and how it’s progressed in the last few months.

One of the few explicit responsibilities of a School Board is the hiring and evaluation of a Superintendent. We take that responsibility very seriously.

 

Since late May, the ICC Board of Education has been hard at work on our efforts to identify the next Superintendent to Schools for the Ichabod Crane Central School District.

 

We created a subcommittee of three (3) Board Members who were tasked with leading our efforts in the search for a new Superintendent. The Board also created a group of district and community stakeholders to provide us with insight and input into the key characteristics of the next Superintendent. These stakeholders met in June, and in July the Board met to review their feedback and discuss our next steps.

 

In early July the District issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), seeking responses from individuals or firms interested in assisting with our search efforts. In late July several members of the Board met with four respondents to the RFP; they subsequently recommended to the full Board that we move to hire the Western New York Educational Service Council, located at the University of Buffalo, to assist us in our search efforts. The Board approved a motion in support of this recommendation at our meeting on July 29th.

 

On Monday evening (8/5), the Board met with their Service Council’s consultants, Drs. Thomas Ramming and Teresa Lawrence, to map out the superintendent search timeline and process. I am pleased to provide the community with this update.

 

The Board feels it is very important to obtain community input about the desired characteristics of the next superintendent and the challenges and opportunities that they will encounter.

 

To that end, an online survey will be posted here on August 15th and will remain available online until Friday, September 13th. We strongly encourage everyone, from all stakeholder groups, to respond and provide their input. Hardcopies will be available at each school building and the district’s central office. Everyone is encouraged to fill out a survey once.

 

Additionally, the consultants will be meeting with stakeholder focus groups on Monday, September 9th; more information on those meetings will be shared here shortly.

 

There will also be an open forum to which all community members are invited on the early evening of Monday, September 9th; again more information to follow.

 

The Board has carefully weighed the option of conducting an open versus a closed search. With an open search, the finalists are typically interviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the community, parents, students and staff. In a closed search, the Board seeks stakeholder input with regard to the characteristics and qualifications for the next Superintendent of Schools and then works to ensure the confidentiality of the candidates while taking into account the input received by the stakeholders.

 

The Board wants to ensure that the search draws a very strong field of successful candidates and understands that confidentiality is critically important for highly successful candidates who do not want to jeopardize their current positions. Therefore, after thoughtfully and carefully deliberating the issue, the Board unanimously decided to conduct a closed search.

 

As such, it is imperative that community members and stakeholders respond to the survey. Stakeholders should speak with their representatives who will be meeting with the consultants on the 9th of September. We welcome everyone to the open session in the evening on this same day and encourage everyone to complete the online survey by September 13th.

 

Our goal is to appoint a new superintendent in December, with a tentative start date in January 2020.

 

Please check back here for ongoing updates.

 

If I can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any other member of the Board.

Respectfully,
Matthew Nelson
President, ICC Board of Education