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South Orange-Maplewood on Track to Hire New Superintendent this Spring

The South Orange-Maplewood School District is on schedule to have a new Superintendent by Spring of 2019.

That was the word from Board of Education President Elizabeth Baker at Monday’s monthly meeting. Baker gave an update on the status of the Superintendent search.

Currently, Dr. Thomas Ficarra is serving as Interim Superintendent; he has committed to stay with the district at least until June 2019 but legally he is not permitted to remain in the interim position past July 31, Baker said.

The district is working with a consultant, Dr. William Librera, who has helped develop a profile to guide the search. (Read more here.) The district sought input from the community as well.

This month, the district placed ads in The Star Ledger as well as in the national publication Education Week. This winter, after the new BOE is formed, they will begin screening and interviewing candidates, and will make an appointment in the Spring of 2019.

Baker said the goal was to have the new leader transition into the position over the summer.

The district’s criteria for a new Superintendent fall under the following categories:

  • Leadership
  • Management and operations
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Human resources
  • Engagement w/ community

To read more detail about the search criteria and the timeline, see the attached PDF:

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