BOE appoints firm for superintendent search
That would be Hazard, Young and Attea & Associates, an educational management firm that is no stranger to Fairfield.
That same firm was hired back in 2016 for another superintendent search that culminated with Jones’ appointment. The Illinois-headquartered firm conducted surveys and various open forums with residents — one of which was attended by only four people — as part of the search process in 2016.
A similar process is currently in the works for the coming months.
According to Board of Education member Jessica Gerber, there will be an online survey available to all Fairfield stakeholders from April 1-15. Around the same time, the consultant firm will conduct meetings with school staff, town officials and members of the public April 10-12.
As of press time, the times and locations for the meetings are yet to be determined.
“The Board is focused on moving the search forward as quickly as possible; but we also want to allow time for all stakeholders to have an opportunity to be heard,” Chairman of the education board Christine Vitale said. “Community participation and input is vital to our completing a successful search.”
In early May, Hazard, Young and Attea will present a “leadership profile” to the Board and, according to preliminary planning, will conduct interviews with potential candidates by June.
Finalist interviews are expected to be completed by the end of June according to Gerber.
The Board of Education voted 9-0 to appoint the company as the search firm responsible for assisting school officials find the next superintendent on March 12. The consulting fee for the search, according to Vitale, comes at $22,500.
”The funding will come out of the Board of Education Dues and Fees line item,” Vitale said.
A job post on the Hazard, Young and Attea & Associates page describes the Fairfield schools opening.
“The Fairfield Public School District is seeking an outstanding educational leader. Prospective applicants should have evidence base skilled experience in inclusive communication, community building and financial acumen,” the post reads.
According to an email Jones sent to parents in January, her last professional day with Fairfield schools will be June 30.
Jones has served as the Fairfield superintendent since September 2016; the educational board unanimously extended her contract to June 2020 in the summer of 2017.
“The compensation package will be highly competitive,” the job post said. “Additional information, including the application deadline, will be forthcoming.”