Superintendent Search

 
PRESS RELEASE

May 12, 2020

To the Concord school community:

As you are aware, the Concord School District has undertaken an extensive search for Concord's next Superintendent of Schools, starting with engaging the services of the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) in January of this year.

It is my unfortunate duty to let you know that the Superintendent search is being suspended for now. The two candidates who reached the final stage of the screening process withdrew their names from consideration, citing a commitment to stay with their current districts and see their students, staff, and school community safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of people who participated in the Community Needs Assessment, survey, and focus groups conducted earlier this year. Those activities resulted in a Candidate Profile – a detailed description of the qualities and skills the community wants for our next Superintendent.

The Screening Committee worked tirelessly from February through April, starting with an exhaustive review and prioritizing of the 17 qualified applications that came to Concord School District through NESDEC. In March, the group made up of a cross-section of the school community, from students and parents to teachers and administrator narrowed the field to five applicants based on the Candidate Profile, and conducted interviews with all five. The next phase involved the committee conducting deep research on each of the five, and ultimately narrowing the field to the two candidates that were presented to the Concord School board for their consideration. I can’t say enough about the dedication, insight, and collaborative spirit of the Screening Committee, which was ably chaired by School Board Member Tom Croteau, and assisted by School Board Member Danielle Smith and District Business Administrator Jack Dunn. The Board thanks them, and all members of the Screening Committee very much for their hard work and guidance, especially during a time that was far from business as usual. Thank you. The Concord School Board was fortunate to have a chance to interview (virtually) the two candidates that the Screening Committee put forth; we were impressed with both of them, and looking forward to presenting them to the community for the final phase of the search process. Unfortunately, that will not be occurring, nor will we be able to make their names public.

What happens now? As you can imagine, the departure of both of our finalists is a disappointment and a setback, though we respect and appreciate the difficult situation they are in. Dr. Arthur Bettencourt, Executive Director of NESDEC, and his team are committed to ensuring that Concord is able to re-start the search process in the months to come; the School Board will be working with them to develop a plan of action. Additionally, Dr. Bettencourt has offered NESDEC’s assistance in identifying an Interim Superintendent, so that Dr. Franklyn Bass – who has been an absolutely outstanding leader for the district over the last 6 months – may re-enter retirement on a schedule that works for everyone.

Concord is a wonderful place to learn, and we’re extremely proud of the thousands of students, student families, staff, and volunteers that make Concord School District unique and special. Thank you again to this community for supporting the district throughout the Superintendent search process, now and into the future.

Jennifer Patterson
President, Concord School Board



SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH

Welcome! This page has been created to provide information on the search for Concord School District's next Superintendent of Schools. District staff and members of the Concord School Board invite you to explore the materials on this page, and get involved by taking the Community Survey and attending a focus group (dates, times, and locations shown below). This page will be updated as more information becomes available.



The district has engaged the services of New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to assist in the search process. NESDEC’s community engagement process kicked off January 28 with an online survey, with additional opportunities for public input as the search progresses over the next few months.
  1. Announcement, January 28, 2020: "Concord Community Invited to Participate in Superintendent Search Process"

  2. Take the Community Survey – Survey closed Monday, February 10th

  3. Attend a Parent/Family/Community Focus Group with NESDEC (4 available; no need to register):

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
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    Broken Ground School/Mill Brook School

    (BGS Media Center)

    9:00-10:15 am* or 7:00-8:15 pm
    Note: *Please check in at the Main Office upon arrival with your driver’s license.
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     WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 5
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    Concord High School

    (4th Floor Teacher/PD Room, west wing)

    9:00-10:15 am* or 4:30-6:00 pm
    Note: *Please check in at the Main Office upon arrival with your driver’s license.
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  4. Attend an Administration Focus Group with NESDEC :

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
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    Central Office

    (Board Room)

    Principals   10:30-11:30 am
    Central Office Staff   11:30 am-12:30 pm
    Ass't Principals and Directors   12:30-1:30 pm

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  5. Attend a Teachers and Staff Focus Group with NESDEC :

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
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    Broken Ground School/Mill Brook School

    (BGS Media Center)

    2:30-4:30 pm
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     WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 5
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    Concord High School

    (4th Floor Teacher/PD Room, west wing)

    2:30-4:30 pm
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  6. Attend a Student Focus Group with NESDEC:

     WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 5
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    Concord High School

    (4th Floor Teacher/PD Room, west wing)

    11:00 am-1:00 pm
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  7. View the application notice at NESDEC - application deadline Feb. 19, 2020 (link to NESDEC notice)

  8. Screening Committee Information

    Date and Time Commitments: Members of the Superintendent's Search Screening Committee will need to be able to commit to being available for a three-week period of time beginning in early March and running through the week of March 16 to complete interviews. Depending on the committee's needs, there may be some meetings on weekends and most definitely some nights.

  9. NESDEC Successful Candidate Profile

SCREENING COMMITTEE TIMELINE
Tentative Schedule as of 1/31/20
Week of February 3
  • Finalize Screening Committee selection process (public members)
Week of February 10
  • Finalize Screening Committee membership
Week of February 17
  • Application deadline - February 19
  • Board meets with NESDEC to develop candidate profile
    • February 20
  • Formal appointment of Screening Committee members
Week of February 24  VACATION
Week of March 2
  • First Screening Committee meeting - training by NESDEC
    • March 4, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Week of March 9
  • Second Screening Committee meeting - review applications, affirm interview schedule
    • March 10, 5:30pm-7:30pm.
  • Begin interviews March 13-20, times and dates determined by committee
Week of March 16
  • Complete interviews
Week of March 23
  • Recommend finalists to School Board by March 23
  • School Board announces finalists - March 26


 TIMELINE
DEC 19/JAN 20: 
  • Meet and contract with NESDEC
  • Post job description & start accepting applications

JAN/FEB:

  • Collect community feedback through survey and focus groups
  • Assemble Screening Committee with broad spectrum of school/community participants

FEB/MAR:

  • Board reviews community feedback with NESDEC to create profile of key strengths needed for Superintendent (Feb 20)
  • Screening Committee conducts confidential review of applications, and selects top candidates
  • Candidate interviews with Screening Committee

MAR/APRIL:

  • Screening Committee selects finalists for visits/second interviews with School Board -- public announcement
  • School Board selects final candidate and negotiates contract

MAY/JUN:

  • School Board hires final candidate as new Superintendent -- work year to begin July 1, 2020

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