Pittsburgh school board, firm reviewing applications for superintendent
March 2, 2016 12:25 AM
Pittsburgh School Board Building in Oakland.
By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools and the firm it hired to guide the search for a new superintendent has begun reviewing applications for the district’s top leader.
Brian K. Perkins, the consultant steering the process to replace schools chief Linda Lane, wouldn’t say how many have applied for the position, posted in late January, but said the response “both in inquiry and application” has been “overwhelming.” Prospective candidates from states including California, Maine and Florida have submitted applications.
“We have fully canvassed the nation. We’ve been to conferences, and met with a lot of people who’ve made inquiries and wanted to have private conversations,” he said Tuesday. “There’s been a great response in terms of actual applications.”
The school board will have the opportunity to review all of the applications, and the firm will choose five applicants it thinks members should bring in for interviews in April, Mr. Perkins said, noting that the board can consider others.
“It is going to be very difficult to narrow given the field already,” he said. The position remains posted, and people can still apply.
A selection is expected before May 18. Mrs. Lane’s contract ends June 30.
School board solicitor Ira Weiss said board members will discuss candidates in private during executive sessions.
“People that seek these jobs require confidentiality to protect their [current] positions,” he said.
The school board wants the next top administrator to have a background in education, previous leadership in a similar urban school district and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, among other qualities.
Mr. Perkins’ firm was hired by the Pittsburgh board in November in a 5-4 vote without the district issuing requests for proposals from search firms.
School board president Regina Holley and board vice president Carolyn Klug did not return messages Tuesday.
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