The Asheville City Board of Education is undertaking a search for its next superintendent. Community engagement is vital to our process. Asheville City Schools is in the midst of its extensive campaign to solicit input from students and their families, ACS alumni, our educators, educators in higher education, decision-makers and service providers in public, private, and nonprofit sectors, employers, advocates, new residents and other interested stakeholders on the characteristics, experience, and skills they most desire in our next superintendent. We invite everyone in our community to participate and engage in the process.
Frequently Asked Question
1) How does the superintendent search process work?
Campbell Shatley, PLLC Consultants, the Board Attorneys for Asheville City Schools, are facilitating the search process and providing additional support to the Board as it conducts a rigorous, nationwide search. The ACS Board will seek, receive and consider input from the community, review applications, interview candidates and select the new superintendent.
2) When will the new superintendent be hired?
The Asheville City Board of Education tentatively plans to announce and introduce the new superintendent on or before the end of November 2019, in order for the new superintendent to begin his or her employment as early as Monday, January 6, 2020. These dates are subject to change as the search process continues; however, the successful candidate should be prepared to take office no later than July 1, 2020.
3) When do parents weigh-in?
The Asheville City Board of Education will solicit input on the characteristics, experience, and skills desired in the next superintendent via online surveys, printed surveys, and public comment at Board meetings as well as during at the following public input forums. You can choose the method that works best for you (online, in writing, in person) and participate in as many ways as you wish. All input will be considered.
Public input forums are scheduled from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on these dates:
August 01, 2019 at Asheville Middle School
August 07, 2019 at Ira B. Jones Elementary School
August 12, 2019 at Montford North Star Academy
August 22, 2019 at Arthur Eddington Center
August 26, 2019 at Hall Fletcher Elementary School
August 29, 2019 at North Asheville Library
September 4, 2019 at Vance Elementary School - En Español
Additional public input forums will take place via Facebook Live on August 28, 2019 at 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
A community input survey was available Monday, June 24, 2019 - Sunday, July 28, 2019. It yielded 1,020 survey takers, the majority of whom are current ACS parents. An analysis of the Superintendent Search Community Input Survey can be found here. Asheville City Schools staff members have until September 1, 2019 to complete their survey; their results will be shared during the September 9th Board of Edcuation Meeting.
4) When will Asheville City Schools share the collected input with the public?
Community survey information was compiled, summarized, and presented at the August 5th Asheville City Board of Education Work Session. Following the public input sessions in August and September, the full collected community input will be presented at the ACS Board Meeting on Monday, September 9, 2019 during the regularly scheduled board meeting.
5) How many candidates?
The deadline to submit an application for the superintendent position is Monday, September 16, 2019. The total number of candidates will not be known until after that date.
6) What is the role of the Asheville City Board of Education?
By law, the Asheville City Board of Education is solely responsible for hiring the new superintendent. The ACS Board will seek, receive, and consider input from the community, review applications, interview candidates, and select the new superintendent.
7) What is the timing of the process and hiring?
The Asheville City Board of Education has adopted a timeline for the entire superintendent search process. The ACS Board has scheduled public input forums on August 1, 7, 12, 22, 26, 28 and 29 as well as September 4. Online surveys and paper surveys were made available to all community stakeholders from Monday, June 24, 2019 until Sunday, July 28, 2019.
The deadline for superintendent applications will be Monday, September 16, 2019. The ACS Board will review applications and interview candidates during October and November. The ACS Board tentatively plans to announce and introduce the new superintendent on or before the end of November 2019 in order for the new superintendent to begin employment on Monday, January 6, 2020. These dates are subject to change as the search process continues; however, the successful candidate should be prepared to take office no later than July 1, 2020.
8) How can the public follow this process?
Information regarding the superintendent search process, including updates, will be posted on the ACS website at http://www.ashevillecityschools.net/. The ACS Board will provide updates regarding the superintendent search at its regularly scheduled board meetings and in press releases.
9) Can we find out who is applying?
All application materials, including the names of applicants and any other personally identifiable information, are confidential under North Carolina State Law
10) Who should I contact about my thoughts on characteristics for the new superintendent?
EVERYONE is invited to:
(1) participate in the scheduled public input forums;
(2) complete the community survey or staff survey available online and at each school and at sites throughout the community;
(3) address the ACS Board during the public comment period at a regularly scheduled ACS Board meeting or work session.
Additional information regarding the public input forums and the community survey and staff survey is provided in FAQ #3, above.