What Hartford Seeks In Next Superintendent

by Categorized: Christina Kishimoto, Schools Date:

After months of secrecy from Hartford’s superintendent search committee, a wish list of qualities sought in the next schools chief has finally emerged.

Ray and Associates, Inc., the Iowa firm hired to lead the search, has posted a six-page profile and job listing on its website. The consultant expects that it will present the ideal candidate by the end of March; the school board wants a new superintendent by July 1.

Job applications are being accepted until March 5.

Ray will be paid a $24,000 base fee and is contracted to find two to three finalists for the search committee to interview, according to Ray’s agreement with the city of Hartford, which was released to Cityline this afternoon after a Freedom of Information request.

The committee wants a successor to Superintendent Christina Kishimoto who can be a master communicator — someone who will promote “a realistic image of schools and the school district” and “be an effective champion for children’s education and the system that provides it,” among many other characteristics.

Here are some of the other qualifications listed in the profile:

  • “A record of delivering innovative, impactful, sustainable solutions. Incremental improvements may be part of the solution, but alone they will not meet the city leaders’ expectation that our school system be a real and respected asset for the larger community. Accordingly, the next superintendent must be innovative to his or her core — but we require a leader whose reputation is grounded on impact, not just ideas.”
  • “At minimum, the next superintendent will combine strong academic credentials with at least 15 years of successful professional and managerial experience in highly demanding environments.”
  • “Understand how education is impacted by local, state, national, and international events. The next superintendent has a deep understanding of the issues in Hartford.”
  • “Demonstrate the ability to utilize data for instructional decision making and improvement.”

The profile also notes that “among the assets available to the next superintendent are a mayor, board of education and deep bench of leaders from all sectors — business, academic, civic, nonprofit and faith-based entities — who are serious about the quality of education being provided to our children.”

The new superintendent would receive a salary “in the range of $250,000, excluding benefits,” according to the Ray and Associates’ job listing.

Kishimoto’s current salary is $238,000. Her contract ends June 30.

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