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Superintendent Search

"Guide and seek."

In the event of a superintendent vacancy, Kentucky law requires a local school board to recruit, vet and hire their district’s next chief administrator. Who better to support boards in the facilitation of the search process than the experienced and trusted professionals at the Kentucky School Boards Association?

View/download KSBA's Superintendent Search viewbook, complete with service summary, search consultant bios, keys to a successful superintendent search and several factors that set KSBA's service apart.

As Kentucky’s leading superintendent search service provider, KSBA has partnered with 100+ districts on 160+ successful searches since 2010 (indicated in blue in the map below. Review testimonials from several satisfied districts following the conclusion of their searches.
Superintendent search map
Finding that right professional to serve as your district's next superintendent involves more than advertising in the local newspaper and scheduling interviews. In fact, the process can be quite cumbersome, requiring keen understanding of statutory requirements, attention to detail and a savvy that comes from experience. KSBA assists school board members as they consider many of those details long before the actual hiring of a new superintendent. Selecting KSBA as a search facilitator guarantees a quality, customized search that will enable your board team to attract the best available candidates and ultimately hire the best “fit” for your district. Our primary goal: develop an individualized process that will produce the best match for your community's needs.

For school boards, our service doesn’t end with the search. One of the most important advantages of using KSBA is that we view this as a long-term relationship, not a singular event. Long after your superintendent is hired, KSBA, as your professional organization, will be there working with your board team.

KSBA helps the board of education in every phase of the search process, always within the framework of the board’s approval. Five phases of KSBA’s search process include:

1. Search plan development:
Customized plan developed with the board including:
  • Devise timeline
  • Ad preparation
  • Establish the screening committee
  • Create charge to the screening committee
 2. Advertisement and recruitment
  • Advertise position
  • Notify districts and educations stakeholders statewide
  • Communicate with candidate pool
  • Receive all applications
  • Process applications for screening committee
3. Screening Committee work
  • Guide and work with the committee throughout the process to meet the board’s charge
  • Prepare all paperwork
  • Develop legal advertisements
4. Board interviews
  • Help board develop next step following screening committee recommendations
  • Schedule and facilitate interviews
5. Appointment
  • Craft sample contract language
  • Provide legal guidance
  • Support board in contract negotiations (optional)
 
For general Superintendent Search inquiries, contact KSBA today at [email protected] or (859) 991-4932. Speak with one of KSBA’s experienced consultants to learn how KSBA can support your board team.

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