Superintendent Search Firm Selected
The Frederick County School Board has entered into a contract to have BWP & Associates assist in the search for the school division’s next superintendent. The company, which is based in Libertyville, Illinois, and has a satellite East coast office in Virginia, enjoys a national presence and is connected to an extensive network of educational leaders and organizations across the country.
School Board Chair Brandon Monk says, “BWP & Associates search team has conducted more than 45 successful superintendent searches over the past several years and has an outstanding reputation. They have more than 15 years of experience conducting superintendent searches in Virginia, including successful searches in Winchester, Alexandria, and Falls Church as well as Rockingham, Stafford, Arlington and Prince William counties. We are looking forward to utilizing their expertise as we move forward with the search for the best person to lead Frederick County Public Schools forward.”
BWP & Associates will use a four-step process (specification, recruitment, assessment and selection) with a goal of having a new superintendent in place early next year. The firm will initially define the characteristics and skillsets the community and Board believe the next superintendent should possess in order to be successful. This step will include interviews with Board members; small group meetings with representative school staff, students, parents and business/community leaders; public forums and an online community input survey.
BWP & Associates will use information garnered from the community to learn the strengths, needs, and issues of Frederick County Public Schools as part of its effort to recruit the best slate of candidates who will be able to meet the school division’s needs. The seven-member School Board will make the ultimate hiring decision for the next superintendent.
Monk says, “There is no more important decision we will make than selecting the right superintendent for our school district. Although everyone would like to have a new superintendent named sooner rather than later, it’s important that we utilize a process that will gather a variety of perspectives to help the Board make the best decision possible. Based on the preliminary timeline proposed by BWP & Associates, we anticipate conducting interviews in December and voting to name a new superintendent in late December or early January.”