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The Role of the NC School Boards Association During a Superintendent Search

Posted on 02/10/2021 *updated on 02/23/2021

The most important decision of a school board is selecting a superintendent.  NCSBA has conducted well over 100 superintendent searches in North Carolina since 1999, attracting both in-state and national candidates while maintaining the hallmarks of their search process: integrity, confidentiality, board involvement, and high-quality service.

NCSBA searches are efficient, cost-effective, and designed to make the board’s decision easier.  Searches are conducted by NCSBA attorneys and staff who are familiar with all aspects of North Carolina law relevant to the search process.  Their experience simplifies and streamlines the process.

Helping a school board find a superintendent requires knowledge, savvy, and sensitivity.  It is a matchmaking process that will impact students for years to come, and it is a responsibility NCSBA takes very seriously.

NCSBA’s superintendent search service provides professional, high-quality assistance with this critically important school board responsibility.  For a reasonable flat fee, plus board-approved expenses, NCSBA will:

  • provide consultations and customize the search process for the board;
  • draft a vacancy announcement and qualifications profile describing your system
  • advertise the position on multiple media;
  • conduct stakeholder surveys on the board’s behalf;
  • compile and provide each board member with copies of all applications;
  • handle all contact and correspondence with applicants;
  • arrange interviews and assist with drafting interview questions;
  • check references;
  • arrange for background checks;
  • guide the board regarding North Carolina laws pertaining to the search process; and
  • protect confidentiality.

During a special-called meeting on February 8, 2021, the NCSBA provided the BCS Board handouts and documents about their services.