Cedar Springs Board begins search to replace superintendentTop of Page
April 20, 2018
Contact: Gary Rider, Regional President, Michigan Leadership Institute, 616-901-3738 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education has officially begun their search for a new superintendent. A special board meeting was held Thursday night to plan the search with consultant Gary Rider. Rider was selected by the Board to lead the search effort.
During the meeting, Rider explained the process to be followed and helped the Board develop a tentative timeline for the search. Rider and the board also discussed the importance of feedback from parents, students, staff, and the community throughout the process. “Mr. Rider will be facilitating focus group meetings and a community forum to explain the search process, and a survey to gather data regarding what people would like to see in their next superintendent will be posted on the district web site. This data will be compiled and given to the Board to consider when developing a profile for the ideal candidate,” said Board President Heidi Reed.
The short three question survey will be active on the Cedar Springs web site from Friday, April 20 until noon on Saturday, April 28. In addition to the focus group meetings Rider will be facilitating, there will also be community forums in the District Office Board Room, 204 E Muskegon St., Cedar Springs, MI. They will take place on Thursday April 26 at 7:30 am and 6:30 pm, and Friday April 27 at 10:00 am, 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. The public is invited to attend.
Rider expects a good pool of qualified candidates to apply for the position. “I anticipate the district will attract quality applicants both close to Cedar Springs and from outside the area,” said Rider.
The tentative calendar for the search:
April 20 Preliminary job posting
April 26&27 Community Forums and Focus Group Meetings
May 4 Candidate profile complete/Job Posting finalized
May 16 Application deadline
May 18 Board announces candidates to be interviewed
June 7 & 8 First round interviews
June 26 & 27 Second round interviews
July 10 & 11 Possible site visits