Cazenovia Central School District
The Cazenovia Board of Education is seeking applicants for the position of Superintendent of Schools. The Board of Education is very excited about the opportunity to work with an experienced and enthusiastic educator who shares its vision for helping students attain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for lifelong learning as well as becoming cooperative, self-directed, productive, and caring citizens.
February 17, 2021 – Update from the Cazenovia Board of Education
A Board of Education has a collective, explicit responsibility to hire and evaluate the superintendent of schools, which is taken very seriously in order to maintain educational excellence.
Board members met with Matt Cook, EdD, District Superintendent of Schools, Sole Supervisory District of Onondaga – Cortland – Madison Counties, and enlisted OCM BOCES consulting services to assist in the superintendent search.
Open vs. Confidential Search
The Board has carefully weighed the option of conducting an open versus a confidential search. With an open search, three finalists are interviewed by committees comprised of representatives from the community, parents, students, and staff. In a confidential search, the Board seeks stakeholder input with regard to characteristics and qualifications for the next superintendent and then works to ensure confidentiality of the candidates while taking into account input received through a survey and focus groups. The Board would like to ensure that the search draws a deep pool of highly qualified candidates and understands that confidentiality may be critical for successful candidates who do not want to jeopardize their current positions. After careful deliberation, the Board selected the option to hold a confidential search.The Board feels it is critical to obtain input including desired qualifications, skills, and experiences of the next superintendent from students, parents/guardians, district staff, and the community. There were 579 responses to the recent survey, and this high participation is greatly appreciated. In addition, the search consultant and Board members will meet with stakeholder focus groups in the coming weeks. More information about those meetings will be forthcoming.