Monday, July 27, 2015
The Westport Board of Education tonight approved the hiring of search firm Hazard, Young and Attea (HYA) to help replace Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon set to retire next June after 17 years.
According to a school board statement, Hazard, Young and Attea is the Executive Search Division of ECRA Group, Inc. “with an extensive history of success in working with boards in high-performing districts throughout the Northeast and across the country to find candidates who will provide long-term leadership .”
School officials said that of the 328 superintendents hired with HYA’s assistance since 2000, 90 percent led their districts for several years.
“The selection of a new superintendent is the most important responsibility of any Board of Education,” said Michael Gordon, school board chairman.
“We are committed to a process that will offer all of our stakeholders the opportunity to share their views about the needs of the school system and the qualities, characteristics and experiences they believe will meet those needs for the next generation.”
Jeannie Smith, school board vice chairwoman, said the board was impressed “with both the approach that HYA will take in helping conduct the search, as well as with the consultant team that will be assisting the board.”
The consultant team includes: Deborah Raizes, former chair of the Scarsdale, N.Y. Board of Education; John Chambers, former superintendent of the Bronxville, N.Y. and Byram Hills in Armonk, N.Y. school systems; and Gary Richards, former superintendent of the Wilton and New Canaan schools systems, as well as the California districts of San Marino and Oak Park.
“The members of the Westport Board of Education are exceptionally thoughtful and deliberative, and we are excited about working with all of them,” Raizes said.
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