Monclair BoE Invites You To Offer Input on Hiring a New Superintendent

With Montclair Superintendent Frank Alvarez leaving the district at the end of this school year to go to Rye, NY, the BoE has been busy trying to find a replacement. The district is giving residents an opportunity to give their input to Ray and Associates, Inc:

In an effort to involve parents, staff and community members in the search for a new Superintendent, the Montclair Board of Education is inviting stakeholders to participate in open forums with Ray and Associates, Inc. This nationally recognized consulting firm has been engaged to assist the district in hiring a leader who will meet Montclair’s specific needs and positively impact the education of all students.

On April 10 and 11, Ray and Associates will be on hand to meet with select groups to hear their thoughts and survey their expectations for a new leader. In turn, this information will be provided to the Board and superintendent selection committee in a useful format that will lend high credibility to the search as it ensures constituent input.

Meetings with school administrators, staff and parent groups have also been scheduled.

While the Board realizes the announcement of these focus groups comes as short notice, we are operating under a very specific timeline and must proceed accordingly.

We invite parents and other community members to the following meetings.

Meetings are scheduled for the following dates and times:

April 10:

  • 7:30 p.m.: Ward 1 – Mt. Hebron Auditorium, 173 Bellevue Ave.
  • 7:30 p.m.: Ward 3 – Hillside School Auditorium, 54 Orange Rd

April 11:

  • 7:30 p.m.: Ward 2 – MHS Auditorium, 100 Chestnut Street
  • 7:30 p.m.: Ward 4 – Nishuane School Auditorium, 32 Cedar Ave.

The recruitment and selection of an educational executive leader is one of the most important decisions a district ever makes. Conducting the search well is a complex process, which makes constituents’ participation, with the assistance and guidance of Ray and Associates, crucial to a successful result.

The position is listed on Ray and Associates Inc.’s website under Job Opportunities here.

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  1. You’re kidding, right? Is this a leftover from the April Fools stories? Ha ha! Very funny, Jenn.

    Honestly, this is horse puckey–a way of giving people the illusion that they have “input” and providing fodder for the BOE press release afterwards.

    Waste of time.

  2. If we are looking for a replacement for Superintendent Alvarez, wouldn’t it make sense to simply hire the same
    consulting firm that Rye hired to find a replacement for THEIR superintendent of schools?

  3. I think conducting a search and hiring between now and July 1 is too rushed for such an important post.

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