Board of Education Hires Firm to Assist with Superintendent Search

December 7, 2010
   The Montgomery County Board of Education has selected Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to assist in the national search for a new Superintendent of Schools. 

  HYA was chosen from among six search firms that responded to the Board’s Request for Proposals (RFP) in September. The Board unanimously approved a contract for $35,000 plus expenses with HYA during its December 7 meeting. 

  “Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates has 20 years of experience and has participated in over 800 superintendent searches, many for large districts like ours,” said Christopher Barclay, president of the Board of Education. “They have the knowledge and experience to help us attract the strongest pool of qualified candidates and to fully engage all facets of the community in the search process.” 

  HYA conducted the search that brought Superintendent Jerry D. Weast to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in 1999. Dr. Weast announced in August that he will retire at the end of his current contract on June 30, 2011. The Board expects to have a candidate chosen before Dr. Weast’s retirement.

  “The citizens of Montgomery County place a high value on public education and want a leader who will continue our tradition of excellence,” Mr. Barclay said. “We will conduct this search efficiently and the community will play an important role in selecting our next Superintendent.”

  The Board will be meeting with HYA very soon to develop a work plan for the search, including the nature and extent of community involvement and engagement. A superintendent search website will go live soon and will serve as a clearinghouse for information, including important dates and milestones. The public can also receive updates about the search through
MCPS QuickNotes emails and on Twitter (@mocoboe and @MCPS).

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