RANDOLPH, NJ- During the Feb. 9, Board of Education (BOE) meeting, BOE President Al Matos provided an update on the district’s search for a Superintendent. Matos stated the following during the President’s Report:
I want to report in the status of our Superintendent search process. In part it continues on my theme of our role as BOE members and our fiduciary duty as elected public officials in our community. Recall my personal vision in my role where “I want us to continue providing our Randolph students the excellent educational experience that distinguishes them from others in this post-industrial age of our nation. The most immediate task here is to hire a quality superintendent so let me report on the BOE’s progress to find and hire our superintendent.”
"First, The BOE is ensuring it performs the proper diligence in performing this most important task of hiring the District’s educational leader. As such, we are reminded that we can stop the process at any time or we can choose not to select from the pool provided and start over. We do remain confident to have a quality Superintendent in place by end of our fiscal year."
The Superintendent search process is the most important function which we as BoE members have in carrying out our duty as elected officials to our community. While speed is important, selecting the best most qualified person is of the upmost importance. We launched the search process in early December with the BOE defining the criteria for selecting our superintendent. To improve we attract quality candidates, we hired a search firm to assist the BoE to find the best talent in the marketplace including internal candidates. We also cast a wide net and advertised the position in several outlets including The Star-Ledger, associations, colleges, county, websites and social media to attract the best talent.
Our search process also put in place six sessions for community and staff members to provide input and additionally we also placed an opportunity for the public to provide input on-line with a survey. These six sessions took place January 6 with high school and elementary staff, January 12 with staff and January 13 with administrators and January 27 with Community members. The Web Survey was also on-line and yield ~270 of our neighbors participating. This BOE thanks the members of the community and staff that participated in these input sessions and survey. We are very proud of the civic duty community and staff members demonstrated and the useful feedback provided to help this BOE find the best candidates. Your participation is greatly appreciated.
The BOE went into executive session last week on Feb. 2 to discuss the search for a Randolph School District Superintendent as part of the BOE’s duty to hire a quality district leader. Part of the meeting was facilitated by New Jersey Schools Board Association (NJSBA) as the district’s search firm who was hired by this BOE in January. This executive session meeting was closed to the public, allowing members to discuss personal and confidential matters as the member of the BOE and to evaluate internal and external candidate applications. Details of this executive session, to the extent possible, shall be made available to the general public in accordance with New Jersey law.
However, Matos reported what the search has thus far yielded:
I. As of the December 22, 2015 deadline, we have received 30 applications of which 25 are eligible applicants who meet the position criteria.
II. And of these 25 eligible applicants, 2 have dropped out leaving us with 23 eligible applicants for the BOE to Evaluate.
III. These applicants consist of internal and external candidates from New Jersey (20), Pennsylvania (1), Delaware (1) and Georgia (1). The current positions held by these 23 candidates range from Superintendents (8), BA’s (1), Central Office (1), Principals (8) and Other (1).
IV. In keeping with the process the BOE established, the BOE is evaluating the candidates to select approximately five to six candidates to participate in the first of at least four interview rounds. The first round of interviews is scheduled in February.