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Superintendent ad posted

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Stamford’s Board of Education posted an ad in the education journal Education Week Tuesday, seeking a superintendent. While the superintendent search process has included several steps which sought input from the public on preferred qualifications in a candidate, the ad does not go into any specifics.

In November and December 2011, the Board of Education enlisted the services of consultants from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education to pinpoint the qualities communities most desire in a superintendent. The top three included: educational leadership emphasizing strategic planning; curriculum and instruction design and infusion of technology; and effective communication and community engagement and collaboration.

But the ad doesn’t include any of those qualities. Instead, the advertisement reads:

The Board of Education is seeking an experienced results oriented educator who can lead this vibrant and diverse school community located minutes away from New York City. This is an excellent opportunity to lead an outstanding school district whose strength lies in the diversity of its people—begin¬ning (sic) with outstanding students; highly qualified teachers and support staff; supportive parents and strong PTO’s; active community groups; engaged business and corporate partners. The District is responsible for educating more than 15,000 students housed in 20 schools, including 12 elementary, 5 middle and 3 high schools. It is proud of its magnet schools which provide choice opportunities for students at all levels and also the supports available to address the needs of each student. The District has a staff of 2,100 members and an operating budget in excess of $229M.

A regionally competitive salary plus comprehensive benefit package will be offered. Screening is immediate and ongoing with the start date on or before July 1, 2013.

The ad also directs prospective candidates to the search consultant’s web page. But while qualities of candidates sought in many districts are listed on the site, there is no listing for what the Board of Education would like to see in Stamford’s new superintendent.

Maggie Gordon

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