The search for a new superintendent for the Millard Public Schools picks up speed this week.
A report detailing what Millard residents want in their next superintendent — built from community meetings, interviews and an online survey — will be posted online this week, officially kicking off a monthlong recruiting period.
Paid advertisements for the position will start in the next couple of days, with an application deadline tentatively set for March 3.
Eva Prokop, chief operating officer of Proact Search of Chicago, briefed school board members on the search Monday night.
By March 10, Prokop said, she hopes to give the board complete dossiers on 10 candidates who fit the profile to replace retiring Superintendent Keith Lutz.
Lutz is retiring in June.
Board members will select candidates to interview in person in mid-March.
From among those interviewed, the board will select finalists for public interviews.
Selection of the new superintendent is still set for April 1, though board members said that date could be pushed back if more time is needed.
Advertisements will be placed with the National School Boards Association, Education Week, local newspapers and other outlets that cater to professional searches, Prokop said.
Prokop said the initial ad she placed calling attention to the opening — but providing no details about the position — drew interest from about 15 people.
The online survey, in which community members could give their opinions on the next school leader, attracted nearly 1,700 responses, she said.
“It was an extraordinary showing.”
The online responses, as well as results of community interviews and meetings, have been compiled in a community engagement report that will be available to candidates and residents, she said.
Prokop said the community’s comments were “productive” and should help candidates get a good feel for the district.
The position profile will contain historical, statistical and demographic data on the district.