Only the occasional rustle of papers penetrated the silence March 20 as the volunteer members of the committee screened the applications of the 20 …
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Only the occasional rustle of papers penetrated the silence
March 20 as the volunteer members of the committee screened the
applications of the 20 candidates who want to be the next
superintendent of Englewood schools.
The application screening is the most recent step in Englewood’s
search for a new superintendent to fill the vacancy created when
current superintendent Sean McDaniel announced Jan. 5 that he would
be leaving the district June 30.
Bob Cito, who is a consultant with the Colorado Association of
School Boards, was hired by the school board to help the district
with the search process.
“These are the applications the candidates submitted and some
portions are more important than others,” he said as he explained
the process to the screening committee.
“But, as you review the material, I recommend you pay particular
attention to the care the candidate took in preparing the
application, and to what is said or not said in the recommendation
Cito said another important area to review is the response to
the four questions the candidates were required to answer because
the questions were developed from data he obtained when he
conducted focus groups in the district and community early in the
“These questions try to spell out the type of person the
community wants to see hired as superintendent,” he said. “From all
the focus groups, I got a strong message that the district
employees, parents and community members want the person hired as
superintendent to begin a long-term relationship with this entire
He said another point stressed in the forums and reflected in
the questions was that, particularly in this economy, it is
important that the new superintendent know a lot about Colorado
laws and the school finance act.
When Cito completed his briefing, the committee that was made up
of school board members, residents, teachers and district employees
was divided into two teams. During the day-long session, each
committee member will evaluate every application.
Scott Gorsky, school board president, said he was please at the
number of applications they received.
“I had expected we would get about this many applications and I
am excited to review the information submitted by our candidates,”
Cito agreed and said he expectations were Englewood would
receive 18 to 25 applications so the 20 applications were in the
“All the names are confidential at this stage of the process so
we can’t talk about personalities,” he said. “However, I can tell
you there are three applications from out-of-state and one of the
applications is from someone in the Englewood School District.”
He said he was impressed as he read the applications and he
feels this is a very good pool of candidates. He added that the
committee will have to make some hard choices in order to reach the
goal of reducing the field of candidates to about 10 by the end of
Cito then outlined the remaining steps in the search.
He said a team will check the references and do background
checks on the semifinalists. Screeners will use that information
along with data from the March 20 screening committee to trim the
field to three of four finalists by March 25.
“Once we identify the finalists, we can release their names to
the public,” Cito said. “Then, on April 9 and 10, the plan is to
invite the finalists to Englewood, take them on a tour of the
district and interview each of them. Like all the steps in the
process, those interviews will be open to the public.”
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