New Millard schools chief should have 'reputation for leadership,' board members say -
Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:00 am / Updated at 2:34 am
New Millard schools chief should have 'reputation for leadership,' board members say

Millard school board members want a new superintendent with a reputation for leadership.

The person who replaces Keith Lutz should have “a regional or national reputation as an educational leader,” according to the preferred qualifications in a position profile posted Tuesday on a search consultant's website.

The profile on the Proact Search website stops short of setting a target salary for the position.

Instead, it says that historical compensation for the position has been “in a range exceeding $200,000” with additional benefits as part of the total compensation package.

Lutz, who will retire in June, receives a base salary of $241,566. He is eligible for a $30,000 annual performance bonus. He also receives an annuity, health and life insurance and use of a car.

The profile indicates that “additional consideration” would be possible for a qualified and preferred candidate.

Board member Mike Pate said Tuesday the board declined to set a target salary because they want applicants to recognize the long-term opportunity not just the money.

“We'll be competitive,” Pate said.

The posting of the profile marks the start of a monthlong recruitment period. Applications are due March 3.

Board members are aiming to select a superintendent April 1.

At a minimum, the profile says, applicants must have a doctorate degree in educational administration or the equivalent, and five years of “successful experience” in the administration of a school district.

Also posted on the Proact website is a report compiling residents' opinions of the strengths and weaknesses of the Millard district and the characteristics they want in the next superintendent. It is based on focus-group interviews and an online survey.

Residents said they want someone inspirational, visible and accessible with courage to take on difficult issues and a proven track record of success in educational leadership, the report says. They also wanted a strategic thinker who can honor traditions of excellence but “not willing to rest on the laurels,” it says.

Asked to identify future challenges, residents pointed to school-attendance boundary changes taking effect next fall, open-enrollment transfer students and budgetary constraints.

Other challenges were school safety, expanding and enhancing technology and dealing with changing student demographics.

Contact the writer: Joe Dejka    |   402-444-1077

Joe's beat is education, focusing on pre-kindergarten through high school.

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