The Asheville City Board of Education is undertaking a search for a new superintendent. Community engagement is vital to our process. Asheville City Schools is launching an 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 desire in our next superintendent. We invite everyone in our community to participate and engage in the process.
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Frequently Asked Question
1) How does the superintendent search process work?
The Asheville City Board of Education will conduct a national search for the next superintendent of Asheville City Schools (ACS). Campbell Shatley, PLLC Consultants will facilitate the search process and provide additional support to the ACS Board, as needed. 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 on Monday, January 6, 2020. These dates are subject to change as the search process continues.
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, via printed surveys, and via public comment at Board meetings, and 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.
A community input survey is available here. ACS employees are invited to complete the staff input survey which will be circulated internally via email. Paper hardcopies of the community input survey will be available in the main office at each school and in the ACS Central Office. Other community sites with copies of the survey will be identified and posted on the ACS website. The surveys will be available Monday, June 24, 2019 and remain available until the deadline of Sunday, July 28, 2019. To request assistance with locating a printed or online survey, call (828) 350-6120.
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
4) When will Asheville City Schools share the collected input with the public?
Community survey and staff survey information will be compiled, summarized, and presented at the August 5th Asheville City Board of Education Work Session. The ACS Board will review and discuss the input. This will be open to the public. Following the public input sessions in August, 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 tentative 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 and 29. Online surveys and paper surveys will be available to all 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.
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.