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School Board Launches Search

After careful consideration of the board’s capacity and skills, and based on recommendations from other Maine districts, a School Board sub-committee comprised of Barbara Powers, Michael Moore, and myself, recommended Maine School Management Association (MSMA) as the clear match for Cape Elizabeth. At its January 26th workshop, the School Board selected this organization to support our Superintendent search based on its experience and flexibility, as well as strong administrative, process, and recruiting abilities.

The School Board met with Dr. Cornelia Brown, our consultant from MSMA, last Friday and developed a plan to launch our Superintendent search.  Next week we will begin advertising for the Superintendent position.  Applications will be received through mid March, and we anticipate interviewing candidates in late March and April.  The board hopes to hire our next Superintendent by early May.

Very soon, all school staff, parents, and community members will have the opportunity to take a survey ranking the importance of specific leadership characteristics and qualities desired in our next school leader.  MSMA will conduct targeted focus groups to gather more feedback on desired leadership attributes.  The board will use this input, along with the survey data received from students, parents, teachers, and administrators over the last two years, to inform this very important selection process.   The board also intends to form an Advisory Screening Committee made up of board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members to screen candidate applications and make recommendations to the board.  More information about this committee will be forthcoming at the School Board’s February 9th business meeting.

School Board to recommend consultant for help with superintendent search

A letter from the School Board Chair:

Yesterday evening, Tuesday January 19, 2016, the School Board met to discuss the search process for a new, permanent Superintendent.

Selection and hiring of a Superintendent is one of a school board’s most important jobs.  The School Board carefully considered whether or not it needed the support of a consultant in this search for a district leader.  The board agreed that on behalf of our high-performing district of roughly 1,600 students, it wanted a professional partner. Therefore, a short-term subcommittee of three board members was created to focus exclusively on gathering information and reviewing proposals from several consultant firms.  That subcommittee will make a recommendation to the full board at its January 26 workshop.

The board hopes to engage the services of a search consultant firm directly after the January 26 workshop, with the goal of advertising the Superintendent position in early February.  The board anticipates appointing a screening committee, consisting of a wide range of stakeholders, to screen applications by mid-March.  The School Board’s goal is to hire the district’s next Superintendent by late April in anticipation of a July 1 start.

Elizabeth Scifres
Chairperson, Cape Elizabeth School Board
“Cape Schools Open Minds and Open Doors”

Cape Elizabeth School Board to begin search for new superintendent

Cape Elizabeth, Maine – January 13, 2016 – At its January 12 business meeting, the Cape Elizabeth School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Meredith Nadeau, who has accepted a Superintendent position at Newmarket School District in New Hampshire.

“The board is disappointed Superintendent Nadeau is leaving and is grateful for her five years of outstanding service,” said Cape Elizabeth School Board Chair Elizabeth Scifres. “We understand the strong pull of family and wish her success as she starts a new chapter of her career in her home state of New Hampshire.”

Superintendent Nadeau’s last day in the district will be June 30.

Over the next several months, the Cape Elizabeth School Board will work with its administrators, teachers, and community members to hire a new Superintendent for a July 1 start date.  “Community participation and input is a key component to finding the right fit for Cape Elizabeth Schools,” Scifres said. “The great news is that we have extensive survey data — from teachers, administrators, students, and parents —  from the past two years that will be critical to targeting the right type of candidate and shaping our search.”

Scifres indicated the School Board would move swiftly to find a replacement. “The board will meet within a week to establish a plan for the selection of our new school leader,” she said.

All future communication about the search will come from School Board Chair Scifres.