The Duneland School
Board is gearing up to do more of the legwork this time around as it
searches for a new superintendent, according to Board President Brandon
Kroft told the
Chesterton Tribune that BWP & AssociatesÑthe same search consultant that
brought the Board former Superintendent Dr. Ginger BolingerÑhas assisted the
Board in advertising for the position and accepting applications, but they
will do little more than that going forward.
“We are utilizing
BWP with a much more limited scope of service because this superintendent
search will be a lot more board-driven, given that we can use a lot of the
research they did in the previous search,” Kroft said.
According to Kroft,
the research BWP did by holding public forums and gathering information
about what the community wanted from a new superintendent after Dr. David
Pruis retired is recent enough to be reused, in concert with updated
meetings with teachers, principals, and staff.
The Board will be
conducting its own interviews this time and developed a list of desired
qualifications for the new superintendent. “The benefit for the taxpayers is
its going to cost a lot less money, but it will require more work from the
Board,” Kroft said.
Kroft said he was
able to negotiate a contract with BWP for those limited services that costs
a lot less than last time. According to the original letter of
understanding, the Board agreed to pay BWP $14,000 plus fees for consulting
and up to $4,700 in advertising costs related to the search that resulted in
Bolinger’s hire. The new contract with the limited scope is not to exceed
$2,325 for services and fees.
The Board went with
BWP again, Kroft said, because they’ve already put in extensive groundwork
on getting public input, and they’re familiar with Duneland.
“We think that what
they do is very thorough, and we had built up a lot of comfort with them,”
Kroft said. “They have a lot of insight into where Duneland is right now, so
we didn’t’ need to reinvent the wheel with another organization.”
due to BWP Friday, March 1. Applicants must prove eligibility to be a
superintendent in Indiana, as well as provide a cover letter, resume,
statement of major professional accomplishments, applicant data form,
college transcripts, and four to six letters of recommendation.
The Board’s list of
13 desired qualifications and characteristics calls for a compassionate,
student-centered educator who is skilled in communicating and collaborating
with students, staff, Board members, and other community members alike.
The list also
places emphasis on the importance of new candidates looking to be visible in
the schools and the community and being both professionally and personally
committed to Duneland.
Per the list, a
successful candidate should be “a consensus builder, team builder, healer
and bridge builder,” who can balance the importance of technology with
traditional instruction and places utmost importance on attracting and
retaining the highest quality teachers.
“I fully expect
we’ll have some internal candidates,” Kroft said. “I certainly don’t feel
that there’s no one in our district who is qualified for this job. We’re
going at this with a very open mind.”
Kroft said the
Board plans to discuss applicants with BWP in March, review applications,
conduct first and second round interviews in April, then announce the chosen
candidate in May.