Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How Long Does It Take to Find a Permanent Superintendent? Ans: 629 Days to be Exact

On June 17, 2009 the Hoboken Board of Education was informed by Board Secretary Mr. David Anthony about the resignation of the then Superintendent of Schools. On June 18, 2009 in an article by Denise Gibson of The Jersey Journal we read "The Hoboken Board of Education will now begin to search for a replacement." Kids First complained at the time that they were given "only" 2 months to find a Superintendent....

After a long and protracted search for a superintendent, the hiring of numerous "interims", and a search process that left many people wondering what was actually happening.... on March 8, 2011 a permanent Superintendent of Schools for the Hoboken Public Schools finally signed in and was at work. In the end, it took almost 629 days.

The process led to a fracturing of the Board of Education, cost the district in terms of academic focus, led to a stream of temporary "interims" in leadership positions, and took focus away from building on the progress made under the administration of Superintendent Raslowsky.

Good luck to the new Superintendent of Schools.