Lancaster School District outlines plans for superintendent search | Local News

The Lancaster School District is holding public forums next week for residents to share their thoughts on the characteristics and qualities important to the district’s next superintendent, part of a process that is expected to have a new leader in place. by July 2023.

Families are invited to two public forums in the district – one at 7 p.m. on October 25, the two on Zoom and in person at Lincoln Middle School at 1001 Lehigh Ave. and one at 10 a.m. on October 26 on Zoom only. A survey on the qualities the next district superintendent should possess is also available on the district’s website until 9 a.m. Oct. 31.

Lancaster County’s largest school district began planning its search in January, when former Superintendent Damaris Rau announced her retirement, effective July 1. Effective July 1, Matthew Przywara, the district’s chief financial and operations officer, assumed the role of acting superintendent for the 2022-23 school year.

In June, the district of more than 10,000 students ended research into historical and regional trends in superintendent hiring by contacting the Pennsylvania School Board Association, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 and alumni. school board members.

The district has since selected Irvin Scott, a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and former deputy director of education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to advise the council. Scott previously served in the district as principal of McCaskey High School, English teacher and choir director.

In September, the district selected Iowa-based search firm Ray & Associates to conduct the search for candidates. Ray & Associates and its team of professional consultants have been recognized by The School Administrator newspaper as one of the nation’s top research firms.

After gathering community feedback next week, the district plans to create a job description for a new superintendent and accept applications beginning with a date yet to be set in November, the district spokesperson said. district, Adam Aurand. The application deadline is January 3, 2023.

The district will narrow applications to a few candidates to engage with the community in the spring. A candidate is expected to be selected and in place by July 2023.

As more specific dates and details are set, Aurand said they will be posted on the district’s website on a page dedicated to updates from the Superintendent.

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