The South Orange-Maplewood community will likely meet its new school district Superintendent within the next few weeks.
“The board is very optimistic we will have someone that we are interested in working with our district,” said Board President Annemarie Maini on Monday at the BOE’s regular monthly meeting. “Once we vote” to approve that person, “the community will hear firsthand the breadth of experience [he or she] has to offer our district with our pressing needs” to address managing the facilities and integration plan.
Maini said the board hopes to have an announcement the first week in April.
The search began last summer. There were 37 candidates to the initial advertisement for the position, of which half were quickly eliminated by the board for not meeting basic qualifications. After West Hudson Associates, the search firm hired by the BOE, screened the top 16 candidates, the Board interviewed seven in January and February. Maini said then the pool was “very strong and diverse.”
Maini said to the community on Monday: “Just bear with us a few more weeks.”