Ray-Pec outlines superintendent search

October 5, 2012 

As one of the first steps in finding a new superintendent for the Raymore-Peculiar School District, the Ray-Pec Board of Education and consultants from the Missouri School Boards’ Association are scheduling meetings to ask school district employees and the community for input.

MSBA Consultants Paul James and Bob Watkins are retired superintendents. They are leading the search in a coordinated effort with the board of education. James and the school board have outlined the process for the search.

MSBA is advertising the superintendent’s position. This has begun with notice sent to each of the more than 500 active superintendents in the state of Missouri. MSBA also advertises the positions at colleges and universities in the Midwest, on the MSBA website, and through two other superintendent organizations, as well as an organization for elementary and secondary principals.

In October, James and Watkins will spend two days in the district interviewing groups to help identify important criteria and qualifications for the next superintendent. The consultants plan to interview board members individually, and meet with groups of district employees and community members.

The meetings and interviews with school district employees are planned for Thursday, Oct. 18. Employees may attend any one of these three sessions: 3:15 p.m. in the south high school patio commons, 4:15 p.m. in the cafeteria at Bridle Ridge Intermediate; or 4:15 p.m. in the cafeteria at Eagle Glen Intermediate.

The meeting with community members is planned for Monday, Oct. 22. The time and location will be announced soon.

James will consolidate this information and present it to board members for their consideration. Nov. 16 is the closing date for applications.

James will coordinate the scheduling of the interviews and assist the board in developing interview questions. The MSBA consultants will not participate in the interviews. The seven school board members will participate in the interviews and select the new superintendent.

James said the board could expect to have a selection made by the end of December.

He also said the schedule is favorable for the Ray-Pec search. “The timing couldn’t get any better to attract top candidates,” he said. “Many superintendents have their contracts renewed in January or February.”

Applicant names will not be released during the review and interview process.

School Board President Kim York said the board has confidence in the search process.

“The focus groups and online survey will provide valuable input to the board,” she said. “We are looking forward to seeing the results of the focus groups and the online survey, and we are committed to dedicating the time and resources necessary to ensure success.”

The Ray-Pec School Board in August approved a contract with MSBA to provide professional search services to conduct the superintendent search. Professional searches are one of the services that MSBA offers to its member districts.

Current Superintendent Jeff Kyle is retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

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