Message from Board of Education President Kathleen O’Flynn
On behalf of the Hillsdale Board of Education, I’d like to provide an update on the board’s superintendent search. During the past four months the Hillsdale Board of Education, working with our Interim Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Feifer, conducted an extensive superintendent search. We received thirty-six applications, nineteen of the candidates met the qualifications we outlined in our advertisement as well as the characteristics and experience that staff and community members listed as important through the Superintendent Search Survey. The board invited six highly qualified candidates to an initial interview, and brought two of those candidates back for an extensive second interview. We were very impressed with the process and the candidates that we met. Ultimately, the board did not reach consensus on a candidate that it felt was the best fit for Hillsdale.
It is important to note, there is an anticipated decision by the New Jersey Department of Education in May that will give all boards of education more latitude and local control over superintendent salaries. By waiting for this May decision, Hillsdale could potentially be afforded a unique opportunity to attract applicants with more administrative experience. With this is mind, the Board has unanimously decided to close the current search and to conduct a new search at the beginning of the next school year.
The selection of a superintendent is a critical responsibility for a school board, one that we do not take lightly. We are committed to continuing our search later in 2017 and look forward to finding an outstanding candidate to lead our district into the future. Dr. Feifer will remain with us to guide the search process and to serve as Interim Superintendent. We will continue to keep you informed of our progress.