POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant School District Board of Education has unanimously voted to retain the services of the New Jersey School Boards Association [NJSBA] as it embarks on the search for the next superintendent of schools.
The board welcomed Kathy Winecoff, a field service representative with the association, to its Dec. 21 meeting to speak about the process the board will undergo. Superintendent Vincent S. Smith has announced his retirement, effective June 30, after serving 13 years in the district.
“This is always a sad presentation for me to come and present but … it is really important as you move forward with your search for your community to really understand the board of education is the only body that can appoint the superintendent,” Ms. Winecoff said.
“Every other appointment that the board makes as far as personnel goes has to come as a recommendation from the superintendent, so we always like to tell our community members and staff members that hiring a superintendent is the most important job that the board of education has, because you are hiring somebody who is going to be the educational leader for your district and as such the board goes through a very rigorous process in order to find that replacement.”
The NJSBA has been retained for $7,000 to help facilitate many aspects of the search process.
“As we go through the search process there will be an opportunity for the members of your community and your staff to provide input into the search process. We do dispense information through surveys … I also use information from your stakeholders and your staff to develop district specific interview questions for the board to ask at each level of the interview process so … candidates are really responding to your search and your district’s needs,” Ms. Winecoff said.
“We are not a placement agency for candidates. We are looking for the perfect match for your board based on the criteria that is established by your board at the beginning of the process.”
As part of the program from the NJSBA, Ms. Winecoff will be helping put together a calendar for the search so the district will be ready for a July 1 start date for the new superintendent.
“The $7,000 search is the search you used the last time you went through the search process. It would still be the entire pool of applicants rated as who exceeds board’s criteria, who meet board’s criteria and those who may not meet criteria. I would come in and I would develop the criteria, develop the ad [for the position]. I would do the info sessions with your community and staff and report on that back to the board,” she said.
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