School board narrows superintendent search
The Fairfield school board will be interviewing five or six superintendent candidates this week, culled from 11 candidates narrowed from 60 applicants received by the search team, Ray and Associates, to replace superintendent Art Sathoff.
The interviews will be in closed session as allowed by code and as requested by the candidates.
Based on results from this week’s interviews, two candidates will be asked to return to Fairfield on May 20, to meet with the various stakeholder groups and again with the board.
The school board will meet in closed session following the final interviews May 20 to process feedback from the stakeholder groups and make a final selection. The successful candidate will be announced in a press release as soon as possible following acceptance of the position.
Representatives from Ray and Associates were in Fairfield Friday and met with community members, parents, students and school district staff that have either been chosen or volunteered to help with the interview process. The specific groups had a chance to choose a spokesperson for their group and develop a list of questions that will be asked to the final candidates.
Ray and Associates used a list of criteria developed by personal interviews with staff, school board members and administrators as well as results of an electronic survey that went out to many district stakeholders. From those results, the search firm narrowed the field to 11 candidates that appear to be the best fit for Fairfield, after conducting extensive background checks on all 60 applicants.