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Parkway school board selects superintendent search firm

The Parkway Board of Education has selected School Exec Connect, Inc. to conduct the search for a new superintendent, Board President Bruce Major announced today. Based in Chicago, School Exec Connect is one of the leading independent search firms in the Midwest. They will be paid $13,900 plus expenses for the duration of the search.

 “We received several excellent proposals from search firms,” said Major. “But School Exec Connect’s modest cost combined with their superior track record and personalized approach was clearly the best fit and value for Parkway. They combine an exceptionally strong nationwide network with an ability to provide the level of focus and attention our superintendent search deserves.”

In addition to submitting the most competitive bid for services, factors that distinguished School Exec Connect among the firms interviewed by the board include: 

  • School Exec Connect’s record of success with similar school districts;

  • The firm’s clear understanding of Parkway’s mission and unique needs;

  • The experience and knowledge of the individuals selected to lead Parkway’s search. This includes: Dr. Linda Hanson, president of School Exec Connect and retired superintendent of Township High School District 113 (Highland Park, Ill.); Dr. Craig Larson, retired superintendent of the Rockwood School District; and Dr. John Lawrence, retired superintendent of the Troy (Mo.) School District; and

  • The value School Exec Connect places on community input in the search process.

In the coming weeks, the school board and consultants will establish the process, scope and timeline of the search. Initially, their focus will be on developing a leadership profile outlining the characteristics, skills and attributes the Parkway community desires in its next superintendent. This will be developed by seeking input from a wide variety of parents, staff and other community members. Once approved by the school board, the leadership profile will be used to identify and evaluate potential candidates.

A detailed timeline is currently being developed, but the consultants will begin screening candidates by this fall and plan to have a list of finalists developed before the end of the calendar year.

Dr. Don Senti is currently serving as interim superintendent of Parkway, replacing Dr. Bob Malito who retired on June 30, 2010, after six years at the helm of the district.

Click here to read a message from Board President Bruce Major and the general timeline of the superintendent.