Why are we looking for a superintendent?

Former Superintendent Meredith Nadeau accepted a Superintendent position in New Market, NH which began on July 1, 2016.  After our search last year did not yield a match, the board hired Howard Colter as Interim Superintendent for one year.

Are we looking for a permanent or interim Superintendent?

The School Board has launched a search for a permanent Superintendent.

What is different about this search from the last one?

Because the School Board values an effective, transparent, Superintendent Search with a high degree of integrity and community input, we will keep the process essentially the same.  There will again be an Advisory Screening Committee and an Interview Committee.  Finalist(s) will again visit Cape Elizabeth, tour our schools and meet with stakeholders.  New this time, the board will establish a Visiting Team to visit the home district(s) of the finalist(s).

Did we hire a consultant?

No.  After careful consideration of the board’s capacity, skills, and internal resources, the Board has hired Maine School Management Association to provide Superintendent Search support services.  These services are administrative, such as advertising (regional and national, print and online), application preparation and processing.  The decision on a Superintendent will be entirely that of the Cape Elizabeth School Board and all negotiations will be conducted by the Board.

How will community members, parents, students, and staff give input into this process?

The Board believes that stakeholder input is key to informing its decision for our district’s next leader.  The great news is we have two year’s worth of survey data from students, parents, and staff including community and focus group feedback gathered last year by MSMA.  All this information will guide the School Board’s work.

What is the Advisory Screening Committee, and what is it’s role?

The Advisory Screening Committee will be made up of School Board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members.  The committee will have training, read candidate applications, rank them using a numerical rubric, then make recommendations to the board.  This is the conclusion of activity for the Advisory Screening Committee.

When will the School Board make a decision about a new superintendent?

The Board anticipates interviewing applicants throughout late January and early February, with the goal of hiring mid-February 2017.  Our anticipated start date for a new Superintendent is July 1, 2017.