LIVINGSTON, NJ – Strictly adhering to the permanent Superintendent of Livingston Public Schools (LPS) search timeline that the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) had set for itself in December of 2018, the process will move into the interview stage this week as planned.
According to recently installed LBOE President Buddy August—now in his 17th year serving on the board—the response to the advertisement published in “The Star Ledger” and “Education Week” as well as the job posting on the New Jersey School Board Association’s (NJSBA) online job board yielded more qualified candidates than any previous search in memory.
“We reviewed many, many resumes, and have narrowed it down to a reasonable amount of candidates who we’ll begin interviewing this week,” said August, adding that interviews were scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. “The first round of interviews will take place this [week], and then we’re going to narrow it down again to conduct additional interviews following the first round.”
Although August did not give a specific number of candidates being considered, the NJSBA’s LPS Field Service Representative, Charlene Peterson, who has been assisting the district with finding and vetting the applicants best suited to the position, stated at an earlier meeting that approximately eight candidates are generally selected for round one interviews.
“We’ve seen candidates apply from all across the country, although most of the candidates we’ve narrowed it down to are mainly based in New Jersey,” said August.
Given that the state requires any out-of-state resident move to New Jersey within the first year of accepting the superintendent position, the fact that the applicants currently being considered already reside in New Jersey is an added bonus.
With pressure from the community to find a permanent solution to the pattern of rotating superintendents that Livingston has been plagued with over the past decade at a high, residents can be encouraged that that a solution is on its way. If all continues on pace, the current search is expected to come to a head by July 1, 2019.
“The candidates we’ve reviewed are some of the best candidates I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been on the board,” said August.
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