The Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors is partnering with GR Consulting to collect input from students, families, staff, and the community about the current strengths and challenges of the district and the desired characteristics, experience, and skills of a superintendent.
The Board will consider the feedback as they make the decision to select a permanent superintendent and to understand current perspectives and priorities when updating its strategic plan.
Selecting a new Superintendent is one of the most important decisions a school board makes for a district. Finding and hiring the right chief executive for the leadership team is critical to the success of students and staff. The Board is looking for a leader to continue the many successes of our schools, support a diverse student population, and enhance a district with a rich history of providing quality education.
In addition to an online survey (coming Jan. 25), there will be focus group options for students, families, staff, and the community. More will be communicated on these opportunities as details are finalized.
This collective input will be presented to the School Board during a work session on Feb. 16 at 4 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 5 p.m.
Selection Process Timeline
Living Snoqualmie asked SVSD Board President Melissa Johnson if this is the same process and consultant used in the past Superintendent hires; she replied, “This is a different process than what we have used in the past; this is not a search process! The Board will solicit input from students, staff, parents, and the community about the current strengths and challenges of the district and the desired characteristics, experience, and skills of a superintendent. The Board will then consider the feedback as we make the decision to select a permanent superintendent and to understand current perspectives and priorities when updating the strategic plan.”
“The major difference between the two is that a traditional search process includes posting the position, actively recruiting individuals to apply, reviewing applicants, selecting finalists, conducting interviews, and providing the community the opportunity to meet candidates and give input prior to the School Board making the hiring decision. This selection process offers key stakeholders an opportunity to share their priorities and input regarding our school district’s leadership before the Board confirms their selection for this important role.”
Johnson went on to say that the consultant, Dr. Jim Hagar, was used in the past during the district’s 2018 search, and they “had an excellent experience with extremely positive feedback from all parties involved.”
Find the survey link here
[Information provided, in part, by the Snoqualmie Valley School District]