Search for new superintendent update

Since+announcing+her+retirement+Nov.+8%2C+the+KSD+school+board+has+spent+the+past+two+months+searching+for+eligible+candidates+to+fill+the+position+of+Dr.+Michele+Condon%2C+KSD+superintendent.
Back to Article
Back to Article

Search for new superintendent update

Since announcing her retirement Nov. 8, the KSD school board has spent the past two months searching for eligible candidates to fill the position of Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent.

Since announcing her retirement Nov. 8, the KSD school board has spent the past two months searching for eligible candidates to fill the position of Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent.

Megan Cleveland

Since announcing her retirement Nov. 8, the KSD school board has spent the past two months searching for eligible candidates to fill the position of Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent.

Megan Cleveland

Megan Cleveland

Since announcing her retirement Nov. 8, the KSD school board has spent the past two months searching for eligible candidates to fill the position of Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent.

Since announcing her retirement Nov. 8, the KSD school board has spent the past two months searching for eligible candidates to fill the position of Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent. According to Chad Kavanaugh, KSD school board member, the board intends to release the number of candidates within the next week. The board hired Dr. Brent Underwood of the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA), a consultant firm, to assist in the national superintendent search throughout the spring. Underwood has conducted superintendent searches for nine years, including searches for districts such as Brentwood, Ladue, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Rockwood and Valley Park.

 “The searches are highly confidential and it is really between the search firm they select and the Board of Education,” Cindi Nelson, chief human resource officer, said. “Typically they will post the opening, the search firm will recruit for highly qualified applicants and then there will be a very extensive review process and interview process.”

Two years prior, the school board announced Dr. Jeff Arnett as the KSD superintendent January 13, 2018, to replace Condon, who served as interim superintendent. The board hired Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates (HYA), a consultant firm, to assist in the search. However, two months after the announcement, Arnett terminated his contract with KSD and withdrew from his position as superintendent. According to Darnel Frost, KSD school board president, Arnett’s decision to remove himself from the position is unknown. After Arnett stepped down, the school board hired Condon as the KSD superintendent, offering her a three-year contract. 

“I don’t know Arnett’s personal decisions for changing his mind,” Frost said. “We’ve been really focused on celebrating the accomplishments of our first female superintendent, Michele Condon.”

Once the candidates are selected, MSBA will screen them, performing background checks, investigating their past school district and their history to match the profile KSD compiled from students, staff and the community. After the first round of screening, Underwood will present a second round of candidates who will be reviewed even further.

“[The school board] will all get in a room, we’ll look at every candidate and we’ll start having dialogue and debate about those candidates,” Kavanaugh said. “We try to narrow it down to six or four candidates and then we start the process of face interviews. Then again, we all get in a room and argue, debate and discern and narrow it down to one person.”

The board intends to select the new superintendent by the end of March and announce the decision shortly after, according to Kavanaugh. The new superintendent will begin serving July 1, 2020. 

This article will be continually updated as more information is released.