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Superintendent Search Process for School Boards

Board Centered, Superintendent Friendly and Data Driven.

Choosing a new superintendent is one of the most important tasks you will face as a school board. The WASB Search Services is designed to make this a positive and effective experience to help you choose the right person to lead your district. The WASB Search Services is designed to make hiring a superintendent a positive learning experience to help you better serve your district. We offer maximum flexibility to the board and assure total board control in the decision-making process.

Search Services consultants are equipped to help you from start to finish with a customized process. As a part of your membership organization, the consultants offer transition services that will help the right hire and the board quickly begin their journey together. The consultants can also connect you with the full range of WASB support services – from policy assistance to legal services and board development.

The WASB has worked with many school districts, both small and large, in Wisconsin.

List of districts/CESAs served by the WASB Search Services since 2018-19

Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan
Belmont Community
Boyceville Community
Brighton #1
Burlington Area
Central/Westosha UHS
Cochrane-Fountain City

Geneva Joint 4
Genoa City Jt 2
Hartford Jt 1
Hartland-Lakeside Jt 3
Howards Grove
Lake Country
Linn Jt 6
Oconomowoc Area
Pardeeville Area

Pecatonica Area
Prairie du Chien
Randall Cons. Joint 1
Sheboygan Falls
Shell Lake
South Milwaukee
Southern Door County
Spring Valley
Walworth Joint 1
Waterford Graded
Waterford UHS
West Salem
Wisconsin Heights

Are you a board member seeking a superintendent?

Operating Principles

When you select the WASB, you are selecting a trusted partner with whom you, your board and superintendent will have a long-term relationship. The WASB stands ready to be your partner, during the search process and beyond. Our consultants are experienced educational leaders who recognize that each search is the beginning of a journey. The WASB search consultants are equipped to facilitate a customized process during which they provide information and options to the board which makes the final decisions. At the heart of the WASB search process is a series of focus groups with the board, school staff, and community members. The data generated from these meetings will be used to develop each aspect of your search – from the vacancy announcement to the application essays and the questions you use in your interviews. Every application received by the WASB on the district’s behalf is provided to the district.

Request a Proposal

Is your district preparing to make the critical decision of selecting your next superintendent? Please contact Sally Sweitzer to request a proposal. A consultant will then set up a meeting with the board to determine how the WASB Search Services can meet the needs of your district.

National Affiliation of Superintendent Searchers (NASS)

The WASB is an active member of the National Affiliation of Superintendent Searchers.

The Search Process

We do our work with you—not just for you. The first planning meeting involves determining the extent and the type of community and student involvement in the process, budget and schedule of activities, existing board policy, and commitments of individual board members. A subsequent meeting entails choosing five or six candidates for the first interviews and reviewing interview questions and procedures.
Superintendent Profile
The consultant assists the board in arriving at the profile of the desired person based on information from focus groups and the school board.
The WASB advertises open positions on more than 30 statewide, regional and national websites. We also notify the WASB applicant pool. Individuals who are interested in the positions are encouraged to apply.

We’ll work with you to develop questions and thoroughly prepare for the interviews. You’ll receive a detailed Resource Guide, an orientation on effective interview techniques and format, and a review of the appropriate laws. Two or three finalists and an alternate will be chosen. The school board and the consultant plan the second round of interviews including who will be involved and the day’s schedule. There may be feedback to the board from those participating in the process. The board prioritizes their choices.

The school board or its designee negotiates a contract with the final candidate.
The New Superintendent
The WASB can assist the district with developing press releases and making introductions to the staff and community to help establish strong relationships from the start. The consultants offer transition services that will help the right hire and the board quickly begin their journey together. Additionally, we offer assistance in clarifying expectations and enhancing communication between you and your new superintendent from day one.
Search Costs

The WASB Search Services is a contracted service. Professional services are offered at an hourly rate plus expenses for travel, mileage, meals, and lodging, if necessary. Additional costs include advertising, postage, legal counsel, finalists’ travel expenses, and the site visit. A WASB Search Services cost typically falls in the $9,000-15,000 range which includes expenses; however, the total service costs are determined by the Search Services design and scope which is locally determined, as well as on-site consultant time. If a board elects to do portions of a search virtually, costs can be reduced in most cases. The WASB works with the board to design a search that meets the needs of the district.

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Read what others are saying about Search Services:

The WASB search consultation process provided a foundation for us to build our search upon. They provided good, general direction, provided clear next steps continually, and organized material making our candidate reviews simplified. I would encourage the use of their services. Our consultant was a calming presence who provided excellent seasoned leadership and improved my confidence in the entire process. 

Board Member, Hartland-Lakeside J3 School District

The WASB Search Services were thoughtful, professional and helped our CESA identify an excellent candidate pool and excellent final selection.

Board Member, CESA 11

As a board member, I have been a part of three superintendent searches, the most recent utilizing WASB Search Services. Our experience with the WASB was great! The process was well-organized, professional, and customized to meet our needs. I confidently endorse the WASB Search Services.

Board Member, Appleton Area School District

Our WASB partnership helped us find an amazing superintendent! I was thrilled with the guidance, experience and coaching our WASB consultant provided during our search process. Their expertise helped us identify our greatest needs, attract quality candidates, provide interview best-practices and assist with final contract negotiations. I would strongly recommend their service. Our consultant was amazing!

Board Member, Hartland-Lakeside J3 School District

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