Madison school board looks to hire firm to find new superintendent

Madison school board looks to hire firm to find new superintendent

With Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Dan Nerad announcing his retirement at the end of his contract in summer 2013, the school board is moving forward with its search for his replacement.

At a meeting Friday afternoon, the MMSD school board said it is looking to approve a request for proposal to help select a search firm that will ultimately help narrow down a field of candidates for school superintendent.

Board members said final candidates should be expected by January 2013.

Madison school board looks to hire firm to find new superintendent

It may seem like more than enough steps to get to Madison’s new superintendent, but board members said it’s important to find the right search, first and foremost. 

“This is how we select a search firm. And there are a number of deliverables we’re looking for in a firm: their experience, how they work through the community, their collaboration and communications, that type of thing,” said MMSD school board member Arlene Silveira.

Nerad was up for a superintendent position in Omaha, Neb., but he did not get the job.

If Nerad left before the end of his contract, board members said they would most likely discuss finding an interim, all while conducting the national search set to conclude in the summer of 2013.