“The market for school superintendents is very competitive at this time. There have been recent openings in Sycamore, Loveland, Lebanon, and Monroe,” school board President Stacie Belfrom told the Journal-News.
“The initial deadline for applications was April 23rd. The board continued to contact candidates after the deadline to provide the best pool of candidates. It was not a case of not having good candidates or enough candidates, but simply the pursuit of bringing the best to Kings.”
Applicants to such high-profile superintendent positions often do so without notifying their current employers, and Belfrom said that was one of the reasons why Kings’ deadline was modified.
“Candidates entering a superintendent search after the initial deadline is a common practice in the school industry. The nature of the position is high profile and seeking employment with another district can create difficult circumstances in their current role,” he said.
“After those initial interviews, the board felt strongly they had two candidates who met the stakeholder criteria gathered from nearly 200 Kings parents, community members, and staff. The candidates met the criteria of being visible, good communicators, experienced with student achievement, diversity and inclusion while working in high achieving school districts.”
“Based on the feedback from the stakeholders, the focus groups, and the two interviews conducted by the board, it was clear who the best candidate was in the process. That person is Greg Sears who the Kings board hired.”
Sears will start as superintendent of Kings on Aug. 1.