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Iredell-Statesville Schools Together, Ensuring Student Success by Igniting a Passion for Learning Superintendent Search

The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education (BOE) is undertaking a search for its next superintendent.  Input from our stakeholders is vital to our process.  Iredell-Statesville Schools (I-SS) plans to solicit input from I-SS staff (both certified and classified) and our community (students and their families, I-SS alumni, educators in higher education, decision-makers and service providers in public, private, and nonprofit sectors, employers) and other interested stakeholders on the characteristics, experience, and skills they most desire in our next superintendent.  We invite everyone in our community to participate and engage in the process. 


Frequently Asked Questions

 
1. How does the superintendent search process work?
The Iredell-Statesville Board of Education is facilitating the search process.  The Board of Education plans to conduct a rigorous, nationwide search.  The I-SS BOE will seek, receive, and consider input from the community, review applications, interview candidates, and select the new superintendent.  As a member of the North Carolina School Boards Association, the I-SS BOE will be using the NCSBA's "Superintendent Selection Process" as a reference guide. 

 

2. When will the new superintendent be hired?
The Iredell-Statesville Board of Education tentatively plans to announce and introduce the new superintendent before the end of May 2020.  The new superintendent will begin his or her employment on July 1, 2020.  These dates are subject to change as the search process continues; however, the successful candidate should be prepared to take office no later than July 1, 2020.

3. When do stakeholders weigh-in?
The Iredell-Statesville Board of Education will solicit input on the characteristics, experience, and skills desired in the next superintendent via online surveys and a Community Public Hearing. 

The stakeholder input survey will be available December 9, 2019 - January 24, 2020.  An analysis of the Superintendent Search Stakeholder Survey will be posted on the I-SS website on February 11, 2020.  This analysis will be used by the BOE during the interview process.

On January 13, 2020, the Iredell-Statesville Board of Education will hold a Community Public Hearing to solicit input from the public on what they want in a new superintendent.  This meeting will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the conference room at the Career Academy and Technical School located in Troutman, NC. 

4. When will Iredell-Statesville Schools share the collected input with the public?
Stakeholder survey information will be presented, complied, and summarized at the Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting on February 3, 2020.  Following the COW meeting, collected stakeholder input will be presented at the I-SS BOE Meeting on February 10, 2020 for acceptance.

An analysis of the Superintendent Search Stakeholder Survey will be posted on the I-SS website on February 11, 2020.  This analysis will be used by the BOE during the interview process.

5. How many candidates?
The deadline to apply for the superintendent position will be January 31, 2020.  At that time, we will know how many candidates have applied.

6. What is the role of the Iredell-Statesville Board of Education?
By North Carolina General Statutes 115C-271 and 275, the Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education is solely responsible for hiring the new superintendent.  North Carolina General Statute 115C-319 provides that personnel records are confidential and, in the absence of specific written consent of the applicants, may not be shared outside the members of the board, necessary administrators and the board's attorney.  Therefore, by law, the candidates' names and information may not be shared publicly unless the candidates agree.

To avoid future problems, the BOE wants to make it clear in advance that all citizens and school employee involvement is advisory only.  It will not include an assessment of specific candidate or involvement in the screening and interview process.  The responsibility for finalizing the school district's goals and establishing the criteria for selecting the new superintendent rests with the BOE.

7. What is the timing of the process and hiring?
The Iredell-Statesville Board of Education has adopted a timeline for the entire superintendent search process.  It was approved by the board on December 9, 2019.

The deadline for superintendent applications will be January 31, 2020.  The I-SS Board will review all applications and interview candidates during February and March 2020.  The BOE tentatively plans to announce and introduce the new superintendent on or before the end of May 2020 for the new superintendent to begin employment on July 1, 2020.  These dates are subject to change as the search process continues; however, the successful candidate should be prepared to take office no later than July 1, 2020.

8. How can the public follow this process?
Information regarding the superintendent search process, including updates, will be posted on the I-SS website at www.issnc.org.  The I-SS Board will provide updates regarding the superintendent search at its regularly scheduled board meetings and in press releases.

9. Can we find out who is applying?
North Carolina General Statute 115C-319 provides that personnel records are confidential and, in the absence of specific written consent of the applicants, may not be shared outside the members of the board, necessary administrators and the board's attorney.

Therefore, by North Carolina General Statutes, the candidates' names, application materials and any other personally identifiable information, are confidential and information will not be shared publicly unless the candidates agree.