The KCK board of education began their meeting shortly after 8 am on Saturday, June 2, 2018. All board members were present. The meeting was being recorded, so it will probably be posted on YouTube.
Senior Administration Audit. Dr. Winn provided a committee report. The committee included Dr. Winn, Dr. Yeager and Mr. Brown. They met at 8 am on Thursday, May 31. A written report was provided to board members. Dr. Winn stated the committee met to consider the scope of services for an outside entity to conduct an administrative tier review of job descriptions, credentials and industry standards of the administrative tier minus the library and the district police department. Dr. Winn’s motion to accept her committee report was passed, though not unanimously. (Note: the contract is found as a PDF above this post)
Then there was further discussion. Dr. Winn described this as a self-study and compared it to the study of the instructional component that is required by the state board of education which was carried out by an outside team. Dr. Winn and committee believe that as we move into a new era, as board members they should study whether the administrative tier is in compliance with board policies and whether jobs, salaries, etc. are in compliance with industry standards. Dr. Winn referred to paragraph 1 that talks about recruiting, hiring, assignments, compensation, administrative procedures to implement board policy. She described this as a group of 50 or more, but the board clerk indicated it would be about 30 people. The board chairperson asked for clarification on the reference to state board of education. Dr. Winn clarified that this audit is not required by the state board or any other outside authority.
Superintendent Search. The firm facilitating the board’s search for a new Superintendent reported to the board. They invited over 1,000 individuals across the country to apply for the job, and there were 65 completed applications. Using the 30 characteristics identified by the board and the public survey, the search firm narrowed this group to 10 based on background, credentials, type of school district, whether currently a superintendent or deputy superintendent, communication skills, urban experience, etc. As the board could see on page 3, this group comes from Kansas, Colorado, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Massachusetts, and a couple of other states I didn’t catch. The search firm describes this as a solid group. And they point out that some people look good on paper and may be different in person. That is why the video component is so important for giving the board a glimpse at how they are in person. In executive session, they will see videos from these 10 applicants, then the search firm will lead the board through a Forced Consensus Matrix which is a math-based grid where scores provided by each board member are processed and discussed. This process should narrow the field to 5 or 6 candidates who will come in for face-to-face interviews. After identifying the leading candidates, the search firm will provide the board with a draft of interview questions.
Mr. Brown stated that he cannot stay for the whole meeting today. The search firm responded that the decision on the leading candidates would then be left to the remaining 6 board members. Because they are being considered in executive session, the materials cannot be made available to any board member outside of that executive session.
Dr. Yeager asked twice about community input. The search firm answered that community input was only the earlier survey and now it is the board’s decision. Furthermore, confidentiality is crucial. The candidates have current jobs.
Proposed schedule: live interviews on June 11 and 12 which seemed acceptable to the board, then a meeting hopefully to decide which candidate to name on June 21 and 22. Dr. Yeager indicated a conflict with June 22, so those dates may be revised.
Then the board went into executive session expected to be 4 hours long.
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