School Board selects firm for CCSD superintendent search

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017|7:20 p.m.

. The Clark County School Board on Thursday picked Iowa-based recruiting company Ray and Associates to help in the look for the district’s next superintendent.

One of the earliest school executive search firms in the nation, Ray and Associates has actually assisted in superintendent searches for Broward County Public Schools in Florida, Charlotte-Mecklenurg Schools in North Carolina and the Hawaii State Department of Education. Trustees stated their tested record of results, competitive price and commitment to diversity helped set them apart from the three other search firms in the running.

This is the very first time Ray and Associates has dealt with CCSD.

Ray and Associates was chosen over San Antonio-based JG Consulting; Omaha, Neb.-based McPherson and Jacobson; and Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates from Schaumburg, Ill. JG Consulting was the school board’s 2nd option that would be used need to an agreement with Ray and Associates fail for any factor.

Ray and Associates priced their services at $43,250, plus the expense of marketing and candidate travel expenses. Their quote was the 2nd lowest of the four firms.

JG Consulting was the least expensive alternative at $40,000. The other 2 candidates were notably priced higher: Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates quoted a $75,000 base fee with additional costs for personnel expenses, marketing and background checks, and McPherson and Jacobson priced estimate $61,250 with extra costs for advertising and background checks. None of those costs included candidate travel expenses, which one consultant kept in mind can add to $1,500 each day depending on range took a trip, whether a spouse accompanies them and other aspects.

The financial cost of the superintendent search took on increased significance provided the district’s ongoing deficit spending. Trustees are presently thinking about $22 million worth of spending plan cuts at its board conference tonight and approved $43 million worth of budget cut down in August.

Trustees talked to each seeking advice from firm for an hour. Their questions concentrated on openness throughout the hiring procedure, discovering varied prospects and having an understanding of the unique needs of big school districts. CCSD is the fifth-largest district in the nation.

Outbound Trustee Linda Cavazos said she liked Ray and Associates’ technique of “over-communicating” with their customers: “Having a sincere strategy and process, and to have clear expectations, that’s important for the board.”

Trustee Chris Garvey said she appreciated the company’s experience with diverse communities throughout the country and dedication to hiring diverse candidates.

“I believe they’ll benefit CCSD,” she stated. “Our population has altered– we’re now a minority majority (district), however a great deal of our mentor staff comes from the Midwest.”

Garvey kept in mind that the school board members would need to talk about with the firm the concern of transparency. More particularly, there is not yet a consensus on when throughout the hiring process the candidates become openly known. Were the district to manage the search without the support of an outdoors firm, candidates would enter into the public record immediately– something experts state discourages leading candidates who don’t want to endanger their existing positions.

“The very best people will need to be hired– strongly hired,” stated Gary Ray, the founder and chairman of Ray and Associates.

Outbound Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky will retire in June after 30 years with the school district. He took on the top management role in 2013, and the five-year run will make him the longest-tenured superintendent given that Carlos Garcia, who stepped down in 2005 after five years.

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