School district ramps up superintendent search
Since Canby School District Superintendent Trip Goodall announced his resignation on March 3, the school board and district staff have taken steps to go forward with the search for a new superintendent.
On March 18, the board unanimously approved awarding a contract to GR Recruiting to lead the search.
Then on Tuesday, March 30, the board heard from the firm's lead consultant, Jim Hager. He was accompanied by his associates Kristine McDuffy and Rob MacGregor.
When it came to salary, Hager noted the current superintendent earns just more than $166,000, a bit behind the curve for comparable districts. He suggested offering about $175,000 to $180,000. Board members appeared to agree with the suggestion.
"I was just going to comment that after looking at some of these comparisons, we need to probably step up our game a little bit and increase that range so we can be competitive," Director Stefani Carlson said. "So, I'm in favor of whatever your recommendation is."
Hager also provided a tentative 75-day search timeline, to be solidified by the board, which is as follows:
• March 19: GR Recruiting posted an upcoming superintendent search at Canby School District in its job postings.
• March 19-30: The firm held personal interviews with all board members.
• April 1: The job posting goes live.
• April 5-16: Survey sent to focus groups to determine characteristics desired for new superintendent.
• April 14-16: Live focus groups.
• April 16-22: The firm will analyze information from the surveys and focus groups.
• April 22: GR Recruiting will present their findings at a board meeting.
• May 14: Application deadline.
• May 14-17: Firm will conduct a paper screening of applicants and narrow it down to 10 to 15 people who meet all the district's qualifications. During this period, the firm will also conduct background checks, call references and get five-minute video interviews of the candidates.
• May 20: GR will present its findings to the board, and the board will decide how many they would like to push forward to a first-round 90-minute Zoom interview.
• May 24-25: Conduct interviews.
• May 25: Decide on three to four candidates to move on to a final in-person interview.
• June 1-2: Final interviews.
• June 2: Goal date for board to make offer to next superintendent.
Hager expressed confidence in the firm's ability to find a fit for Canby.
"We believe we'll find some really good candidates," Hager said. "It's our job to make your job really hard. We'll get so many good candidates for you and you're going to really struggle to select the one you want."
But Hager said if the firm was not seeing strong candidates throughout the process, he would alert the board in time to look for an interim superintendent. He does not expect that to happen.
For now, as the applications begin to come in, constituents should watch for opportunities to voice their opinions on the ideal superintendent. applications begin to come in, constituents should watch for opportunities to voice their opinions on the ideal superintendent.
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