Leadership Search Process

Unmatched Service
Unmatched Expertise
Unmatched Results

KASB offers a customized, full service search process to boards of education in Kansas. The Association is the only organization offering this service whose primary goal is to serve Kansas boards of education and Kansas public education. The Association has completed hundreds of searches in the 40 years we have been offering this service, 150 just since 2003! We offer searches for superintendents and other educational executive leadership positions and administrators.

Your search will be conducted by professional and experienced educational leaders, many of whom are former highly successful school superintendents. KASB helps boards develop an effective and legal superintendent recruiting and selection process, and we are with you every step of the way! From building a profile of your next chief administrator to engaging the staff and community to conducting interviews with finalists, KASB can help you make the right decision for your district.

We also offer searches for both community college presidents and school district key administrative positions. Many members take advantage of our service to post your own announcements – at no fee to you – for superintendent/CEO and key administrative vacancies. All position announcements appear on the KASB website and are accessible both statewide and nationwide.

 

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KASB Search Placments

Over the past 25 years, KASB has completed searches in nearly 70 percent of the districts belonging to KASB – with repeat searches with nearly all of them!

Searches have been completed for districts all across Kansas – large and small!

KASB Leadership Services staff are experienced school leaders. Prior to joining KASB, staff served in district leadership positions and as superintendents.

The follow districts contracted with KASB to provide leadership search services. KASB can assist with search and placement for superintendents, district and school leadership positions.

2016-2017

(Completed Searches to Date)
237 Smith Center
293 Quinter
294 Oberlin
316 Golden Plains
336 Holton
347 Kinsley-Offerle
375 Circle
377 Atchison Co. Schools
376 Sterling
408 Marion-Florence
415 Hiawatha
430 South Brown County
443 Dodge City
447 Cherryvale
461 Neodesha
463 Udall
487 Herington
495 Fort Larned
507 Satanta
509 South Haven
511 Attica
619 Sumner County

2012-2013

101 Erie
103 Cheylin (Bird City)
109 Republic County
204 Bonner Springs
215 Lakin
240 Twin Valley
243 Lebo-Waverly
273 Beloit
290 Ottawa
312 Haven
316 Golden Plains
385 Andover
397 Douglass
407 Lyons
417 Council Grove
429 Troy
480 Liberal
503 Parsons
506 Labette County
514 ECKEC
615 Brown County

2008-2009

101 Erie
224 Clifton-Clyde
226 Meade
251 North Lyon County
263 Mulvane
271 Stockton
293 Quinter
309 Nickerson
369 Burrton
379 Clay Center
380 Vermillion
381 Spearville
410 Durham-Hillsboro-Lehigh
416 Louisburg
420 Osage City
423 Moundridge
614 East Central KS Coop in Education

2004-2005

224 Clifton-Clyde
288 Central Heights (Richmond)
292 Wheatland
303 Ness City
307 Ell-Saline
328 Loraine
330 Wabaunsee East (Eskidge)
339 Jefferson County North
360 Caldwell
368 Paola
379 Clay Center
382 Pratt
383 Manhattan
385 Andover
389 Eureka
402 Augusta
416 Louisburg
418 McPherson
450 Shawnee Heights
457 Garden City
468 Healy
477 Ingalls
511 Attica
617 Marion County

2015-2016

102 Cimarron-Ensign
103 Cheylin
108 Washington County
200 Greeley County
208 WaKeeney
212 Northern Valley
224 Clifton-Clyde
240 Twin Valley
253 Emporia
274 Oakley
320 Wamego
323 Rock Creek
333 Concordia
337 Royal Valley
345 Seaman
353 Wellington
357 Belle Plaine
358 Oxford
369 Burrton
378 Riley County
383 Manhattan-Ogden
389 Eureka
401 Chase-Raymond
410 Durham-Hillsboro-Lehigh
412 Hoxie
419 Canton-Galva
429 Troy
444 Little River
448 Inman
459 Bucklin
489 Hays
502 Lewis
616 ECKC
603 ANW

2011-2012

105 Rawlins County
113 Prairie Hills
234 Fort Scott
270 Plainville
350 St. John
361 Anthony-Harper
372 Silver Lake
373 Newton
398 Peabody
415 Hiawatha
459 Bucklin
504 Oswego
505 Chetopa-St. Paul
506 Labette County

2007-2008

102 Cimarron-Ensign
202 Turner-Kansas City
208 Wakeeney
298 Lincoln
315 Colby
332 Cunningham
338 Valley Falls
344 Pleasanton
365 Garnett
371 Montezuma/
Copeland
388 Ellis
392 Osborne County
435 Abilene
453 Leavenworth
460 Hesston
463 Udall
467 Leoti
476 Montezuma/Copeland

2003-2004

217 Rolla
231 Gardner
238 West Smith County
256 Marmaton Valley
270 Plainville
305 Salina
329 Mill Creek Valley (Alma)
350 St. John
362 Prairie View
397 Douglass
452 Stanton County (Johnson)
475 Geary County

2014-2015

210 Hugoton
211 Norton
264 Clearwater
266 Maize
288 Central Heights
298 Lincoln
306 Southeast of Saline
315 Colby
366 Woodson
380 Vermillion
397 Centre
407 Russell
413 Chanute
418 McPherson
421 Lyndon
423 Moundridge
439 Sedgwick
457 Garden City
468 Healy
482 Dighton
484 Fredonia
504 Oswego
509 South Haven
511 Attica
608 Keystone

2010-2011

109 Republic County
208 Wakeeney
212 Northern Valley (Almena)
214 Ulysses
224 Clifton-Clyde
253 Emporia
257 Iola
286 Sedan
289 Wellsville
308 Hutchinson
313 Buhler
314 Brewster
320 Wamego
335 Jackson Heights
342 McLouth
352 Goodland
358 Oxford
363 Holcomb
365 Garnett
388 Ellis
464 Tonganoxie (Interim)
481 Rural Vista
482 Dighton
501 Topeka
605 SCKSEC

2006-2007

210 Hugoton
287 West Franklin (Pomona)
288 Central Heights (Richmond)
308 Hutchinson
322 Onaga
327 Ellsworth
331 Kingman
336 Holton
353 Wellington
362 Prairie View
381 Spearville
387 Altoona-Midway
397 Douglass
409 Atchison
429 Troy
431 Hoisington
490 El Dorado

2013-2014

112 Central Plains
217 Rolla
239 Minneapolis
243 Lebo-Waverly
251 North Lyon County
264 Clearwater
283 Elk Valley
287 West Franklin (Pomona)
288 Central Heights (Richmond)
303 Ness City
342 McLouth
416 Louisburg
428 Great Bend
444 Little River
453 Leavenworth
464 Tonganoxie
475 Geary County
489 Hays
491 Eudora
511 Attica

2009-2010

106 Western Plains
107 Rock Hills
215 Lakin
267 Renwick
308 Hutchinson
326 Logan
331 Kingman
357 Belle Plaine
417 Council Grove
440 Halstead
442 Seneca
480 Liberal

2005-2006

213 West Solomon Valley (Lenora)
218 Elkhart
249 Frontanac
252 Southern Lyon County
264 Clearwater
281 Hill City
312 Haven
335 North Jackson
340 Jefferson West
346 Jayhawk (Mound City)
348 Baldwin
352 Goodland
358 Oxford
369 Burrton
380 Vermillion
392 Osborne County
393 Solomon
405 Lyons
467 Leoti

Our Search Process

Through our wide network of contacts and professional affiliations, KASB staff is well connected. We know the candidates, potential candidates and have long-standing relationships with contacts and references. We are based in Kansas, and committed to Kansas boards of education and Kansas public education.

The KASB Advantage? We are with you every step of the way!

Starting the Process

  • KASB staff visits a board of education meeting to outline the search process. The search is formally initiated upon agreement between the board of education and KASB.
  • KASB works with the board of education to develop the applicant criteria and a timeline for the selection process. The timeline is generally at least six to eight weeks between the announcement of the vacancy and the close of the application.

Developing the Screening Criteria and Screening Applicants

  • KASB meets with the board of education to conduct a characteristics forum identifying traits the board desires in a new superintendent.
  • KASB conducts characteristics focus group sessions with the community, students, teachers, administration or any group(s) the board considers appropriate to obtain input on what others view as desirable traits of the new leader.
  • KASB establishes a screening team to assist in the selection process. The team generally consists of a KASB representative, a Kansas superintendent and a third individual selected by the search team.
  • KASB receives all applications, conducts background checks and fields questions from those interested in the position. Completed applications will be brought to the district on screening day and should be maintained in the district for one year.
  • The KASB screening takes place as soon as possible following the closing date for the position. The screening team is typically in the district during the day and meets with the board in the evening to recommend three to five finalists.
  • KASB meets with the board to discuss the process to help boards prepare for the visit of each candidate. This will include sample questions and suggestions for conducting the interview, questions that should not be asked, format for the candidate visits to the district, recommended procedures to follow after interviews are completed and considerations to be discussed when offering a contract.
  • Throughout the search process, KASB provides the board with relative data designed to help the board make an informed decision. This data includes a salary comparison of the local district with school districts of comparable size.

Advertising the Vacancy

  • KASB posts the vacancy on its web site and establishes the on-line application process. Posting on the KASB website links the vacancy to other state board association search sites. KASB is also affiliated with the National Association of Superintendent Searchers. Through the combined resources of KASB and the National School Board Association, your vacancy receives nation-wide exposure.
  • KASB provides assistance in developing an informational brochure. We can design the brochure to your specifications, or provide helpful hints and suggestions if you prefer to use an in-house design process. The brochure will be posted on the KASB website and can also be sent to all Kansas districts as well as selected colleges and universities.

Selecting the Top Candidate and Making the Announcement

  • As the board moves toward selecting from the finalists, KASB provides the board with a sample contract as a guide for discussion with the final candidate.
  • KASB provides the board and new superintendent with on-going support by conducting an expectation and goal setting session with the board and new superintendent.
  • KASB is available for follow-up consultation with the board, superintendent or both.

Contact KASB Leadership Services

Give KASB a call or fill out the contact form below and we’ll answer your questions!

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Search Services Testimonials

“We were on a very tight schedule; Dr. Heim and KASB worked with us and helped us accomplish our goal.”

LaReta  Hagerman, Clerk of the Board, Kingman USD 331

“I liked that a couple others were brought in to help screen the applications. Sometimes it’s good to have fellow administrators and educators involved in the process. It was good to hear their opinions as well as KASB’s.”

Tracy Rogers, Board Member, Colby USD 315

“Good process. Thanks for this invaluable service!”

Jan Troxell, Clerk of the Board, Morris County USD 417

“We appreciate all Dr. Heim and KASB brought to the process. We were pleased in every respect. Thank you.”

Jon Wollen, Board Member, Kingman USD 331

“Dr. Jordan was extremely professional and very helpful. He always returned phone calls and helped guide us through the process.”

Jean Becker, Clerk of the Board, Horton USD 430

“Helpful aspects of the KASB services were the step-by-step process and communicating suggestions that may seem trivial but make the process easier and run as smoothly as possible.  Thanks for all your help – we appreciate all that you do to make our job easier.”

Greta Obermueller, Clerk of the Board, Lincoln USD 298

“KASB did a great job and we were very happy with the candidates they sent us.”

Linda Larison, President, Board Member, Leavenworth USD 453

“I thought the entire process from your personal involvement, suggestions, workbook and guidance were impeccable, and I recommend the services to anyone who is in search of a new superintendent.”

Mike Barns, Board Member, Garnett USD 365

“We had an aggressive timeline and KASB worked with us to meet the deadlines. I would recommend KASB to other districts if asked about a Superintendent Search.”

Marty Hollern, Board Member, Ellis USD 388

“Sterling not only had an aggressive timeline for our search, but the involvement and input from our administration, faculty, staff, students, and community was essential as we moved through the process. Gary Sechrist provided excellent leadership, which allowed us to select a candidate that we can honestly say met the criteria that our entire learning community was looking for. Our experience with KASB could not have been better.”

Ken Brown, Board President, Sterling USD 376

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the questions we are asked regarding the leadership search service. Please feel free to contact any member of KASB’s Leadership Services to discussion you questions.

Yes. KASB Search Services makes every effort to maintain strict confidentiality of applicant names and materials submitted with an application.

You should apply for any position you feel you are well qualified for, but you should not apply for any position that you would not accept if offered. You should not be discouraged if you are not hired, however. A board hires only one person to be its superintendent, which means any number of well-qualified candidates must be passed over.

No. All contact should be through KASB staff if KASB is handling the search.

Rarely do school boards require a doctorate and those that do are usually larger districts.

Yes. Kansas has a very rigid certification requirement. An applicant must have or be eligible to receive a valid Kansas superintendent’s certificate. Kansas does have reciprocity with other states, so an applicant with a superintendent’s certificate from another state can qualify for a temporary certificate until obtaining a permanent one. Inquiries should be directed to the Kansas State Department of Education.

Ideally, a search takes up to two to three months from the day the search is opened until the new superintendent is hired. This gives ample time to develop a profile, advertise the position, and conduct interviews. Sometimes clients feel they must shorten the process and KASB will work with the board to establish a suitable time line.

If KASB is hired to assist with a search, we provide help until the board is convinced it has found the right person.

It is important that the staff and community be involved in developing the profile. This gives them a voice in the process.The review of the applications and the interview process are strictly board functions. This is accomplished with KASB staff assistance.

No. We are committed to helping the employing board find the very best applicants possible.

This is at the discretion of the hiring board. The visit allows the board to confirm its impressions of the top applicant.

The application should contain enough information for a candidate to “sell” herself or himself to a prospective employer. The best way to do this is for the candidate to stress accomplishments and show a positive track record.

The prospective employer will specify the kinds professional qualifications desired. Larger districts may require a higher level of qualification than smaller ones or those located in more isolated areas. The general rule is that certifications or professional qualifications listed as “required” are not as negotiable as those listed as “desired.” If you think you meet the general requirements, go ahead and apply.

In general, yes. Kansas has rigid certification requirements for educators. This state does have reciprocity with other states, so an applicant with a certificate from another state can qualify for a temporary certificate until obtaining a permanent one. Inquiries about education certification should be directed to the Kansas State Department of Education.

The consultant works with the hiring official or designated contact to develop these. This process may include input from several staff members or it may involve selected community members, business representatives, parents, and/or staff. The final choice regarding involvement is an organization option.

What can you expect from our Leadership Search Service?

The board directs the search. The board chooses the best schedule and timeline to fit the needs of the district, and makes the final selection of the candidates to interview.

The search is confidential. We are committed to guarding each applicant’s privacy. This helps attract the best qualified candidates.

KASB brings integrity and experience to the process. Our role is to guide the process and advise the board.

As your membership organization, we understand how school boards function and what their needs are. And we understand Kansas. We have personal knowledge of every superintendent in our state. With our professional networking and our web-based application process your search will include both national and statewide exposure.

We work as a team. You get the entire KASB staff and their experience working for your benefit, not just a single consultant.

You get one inclusive fee quoted for our services. That quote is based on your district’s size plus travel and expenses. At no additional charge we will develop a professionally designed vacancy announcement brochure and on-going promotion of the vacancy through KASB member communications.

A timeline might include:

TIMELINE  TASK / AGENDA
Board announces its intention to seek a new superintendent.
Board enters into an agreement with KASB to conduct the search and establishes the timeline.
The vacancy is posted on the KASB website. A customized brochure is developed and distributed.
KASB search staff and the board develop a list of suggested characteristics for the new superintendent to use in recruiting applicants and screening applications.
 Completed applications due to KASB.
All completed applications are screened by a three-person team chaired by KASB. The screening is completed at the USD office, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and completed by 4:30 p.m.
 The board of education meets at 5:30 p.m. (or an earlier or later meeting at the board’s discretion) on the day of the screening to hear the report from the screening committee. KASB’s practice is to present three to five names and one alternate to the board for consideration.
Following deliberation by the board, the board president should call the candidates to schedule an interview. Interviews should be scheduled as soon after the screening as possible. KASB will provide a suggested interview schedule and community involvement process if requested. We strongly advise that not more than one candidate be interviewed on a single day.
Following completion of all interviews, the board should reach a consensus on its first and second choice. The first choice should be called first and a time for a district visit should be arranged. If the results of the visit are positive, the individual should be offered a contract immediately.

 

KASB Search Service Vacancies


Out of State Vacancies

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Erie CUSD 3 Superintendent

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Location: Erie, Illinois
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Country Club Hills SD 160 Superintendent

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Location: Country Club Hills, Illinois
December 20, 2017

West Plains R-VII School District Superintendent

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December 20, 2017, 11:59 pm
Location: West Plains, Missouri
December 27, 2017

Banner County Schools Superintendent

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December 27, 2017, 11:59 pm
Location: Harrisburg, Nebraska
December 28, 2017

Mullen Public School Superintendent

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Shari Becker
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December 28, 2017, 11:59 pm
Location: Mullen, Nebraska
January 2, 2018

Madison County Public Schools Superintendent

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Virginia School Boards Association 200 Hansen Road Charlottesville, VA 22911
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January 2, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location: Madison County, Virginia
January 3, 2018

Ellensburg School Superintendent

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January 3, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location: Ellensburg, Washington
January 4, 2018

Coeur d’ Alene Public Schools Superintendent

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January 4, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location: Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
January 8, 2018

Cumberland County Schools Superintendent

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January 8, 2018, 11:59 pm
Fayetteville, North Carolina
January 8, 2018

Blair Community Schools Superintendent

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Shari Becker
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January 8, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location: Blair, NE
January 10, 2018

Sweet Springs School District Superintendent

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January 10, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location: Sweet Springs, Missouri
January 22, 2018

Manassas City Public Schools Superintendent

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Virginia School Boards Association 200 Hansen Road Charlottesville, VA 22911
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January 22, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location: Manassas City, Virginia
January 26, 2018

Todd County School District Superintendent

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January 26, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location: Todd County, South Dakota
January 29, 2018

Newport News City Public Schools Superintendent

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Virginia School Boards Association 200 Hansen Road Charlottesville, VA 22911
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January 29, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location: Newport News, Virginia
January 30, 2018

Wake County Public School System Superintendent

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January 30, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location: Cary, North Carolina
February 5, 2018

Caldwell County Schools

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February 5, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location:  Lenoir, North Carolina
February 6, 2018

Thorp School District Superintendent-Principal

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February 6, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location: Thorp, Washington
February 16, 2018

Klamath County School District Superintendent

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February 16, 2018, 11:59 pm
Location: Klamath Falls. Oregon

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