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Superintendent Search

The search begins for our next superintendent (in blue and gold with KCPS logo)

On Jan. 8, 2024, the Kent County Board of Education agreed to move forward with a search for a new superintendent of schools for Kent County Public Schools, with the successful candidate to begin no later than July 1, 2024. 

We have begun the search for our new superintendent with assistance from the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). After receiving community and stakeholder input, Kent County Board of Education members have developed the final desired superintendent characteristics and criteria with the help of MABE consultant Bill Middleton.

Applications for superintendent closed Monday, April 8.

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Learn more about the type of leader we are looking for and the search process here.

Application and Interview Timeline
• First consideration application deadline is April 8, 2024.
• Interviews will be conducted in April and May, 2024.
• Position start date is July 1, 2024.
• The position will remain open until filled.

Contact:
William T. Middleton, Lead Consultant
MABE Superintendent Search Service
621 Ridgely Ave., Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-841-5414
800-8197




Leading the Search

On Jan. 23, 2024, the Kent County Board of Education approved a contract for MABE to serve as the search consultants.

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The search process information  below was presented to the Kent County Board of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024 by Milton Nagel, executive director of MABE, and William Middleton, lead consultant.




Purpose

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Plan and execute a search process that is thoughtful, responsive and fair



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Minimize the possibility of legal challenges as a result of procedural flaws



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Identify the best leader for your school system




Phases of the Superintendent Search

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1. PLANNING THE SEARCH

Action Items:
• Selecting a firm
• Developing characteristics and criteria

Who is Involved:
• Board of Education
• Stakeholders via survey
• Consultants
 
Time:
1 to 2 months


2. ADVERTISING AND RECRUITING

Action Items:
• Application
• Brochure/Flyer
• Advertise

Who is Involved:
• Board of Education
• Public Information Officer
• Consultants

Time:
1 to 2 months





WE'RE HERE
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3. CANDIDATE SCREENING

Action Items:
• Review and rank applicants
• Interviews (multiple rounds)
• Check references
• Conduct focus groups

Who is Involved:
• Board of Education
• Stakeholder Input
• Public Information Officers
• Consultants

Time:
2 to 3 months



4. APPOINTING A NEW SUPERINTENDENT

Action Items:
• Contract Negotiations
• Public Appointment

Who is Involved:
• Board of Education
• Board Attorney
• Public Information Officer
• Maryland State Superintendent
• Consultants
 
Deadline:
July 1, 2024




State Certification Requirements

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There are two paths to certification to be a county superintendent of schools as stated below from the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR):

State Certification – COMAR Sec. 13a.12.04.03. Superintendents (Last Updated: April 6, 2021)
Traditional Certification
(3) Education Requirements for Traditional Certification. The applicant shall have:
     (a) A master's degree from an Institution of Higher Education (IHE); and
     (b) Have completed one of the following:
          (i) A Maryland State Department of Education-approved program which leads to certification as a superintendent to include coursework covering public school administration, supervision and methods of teaching;
          (ii) A program offered by an IHE leading to certification as a superintendent in the state in which the institution is located to include coursework covering public school administration, supervision and methods of teaching; or
          (iii) 60 semester hours of graduate course work, including a minimum of 24 semester hours in education administration taken at an IHE, to include public school administration, supervision and methods of teaching. Graduate coursework earned under §B(3)(a) of this regulation may be applied toward the 60 required semester hours.
(4) Experience Requirements for Traditional Certification. The applicant shall have:
     (a) 27 months of satisfactory teaching performance or satisfactory performance as a certified specialist as defined in COMAR 13A.12.03 in a PreK-12 setting; and
     (b) 24 months of satisfactory administrative or supervisory experience in a PreK-12 setting.
 
State Certification – COMAR Sec. 13a.12.04.03. Superintendents (Last Updated: April 6, 2021)
Reciprocal Certification
(5) Requirements for Reciprocal Certification. A superintendent who enters Maryland from another state may obtain a Superintendent II certification if that individual:
     (a) Holds a valid professional state certificate in a like or comparable area;
     (b) Presents verification of at least 36 months of satisfactory performance as a superintendent during the past 7 years; and
     (c) Presents verification of 2 years of graduate work at an IHE to include coursework covering public school administration, supervision and methods of teaching.




The Screening Process


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STAGE 1
• Review and rank applications based on established criteria and characteristics
• Identify candidates for first-round interview
• Agree on interview questions
• Conduct first-round interviews
 
STAGE 2
• Based on first-round interviews, identify candidates for second (open-ended) interviews if desired
• Perform deeper reference and background checks, maintaining candidate confidentiality
• Establish an interview schedule
• Conduct second-round interviews

STAGE 3 
• Based on interviews, identify and announce finalists
• Schedule each finalist for a stakeholder meeting(s) and a final meeting with the Board of Education
• Complete additional reference, internet and background checks
• Schedule site visits if desired
• Review all finalist materials and rank order them
• Select and contact the top candidate
• Contact state superintendent for approval of the prefered candidate to initiate a conversation between the candidate and the state superintendent



 

Board of Education's Role

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The Kent County Board of Education controls the superintendent search process. Stakeholder and consultant involvement informs the Board’s deliberations, but ultimately the Board is responsible for all decisions.

In addition, confidentiality is crucial to ensuring a smooth transition and a successful start for a new superintendent.

Joseph Goetz, president of the Kent County Board of Education, has been appointed as the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the superintendent search process.




MABE Presentation

Click the video below to see the presentation by Milton Nagel and William Middleton of MABE to the Kent County Board of Education on Monday, Jan. 23, 2024.