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Sulphur Springs hires head-hunter firm to aid in search for Nolet replacement

Posted: July 11, 2014 5:07 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2014 5:07 p.m.

Sulphur Springs School District has hired a consultant to help in its search for a new leader when Superintendent Robert Nolet retires at the end of this year, board members voted at their meeting this week.

The Canyon Country-area elementary school district hired The Cosca Group of Fairfield to assist in the hunt for qualified candidates for the district’s top job.

The consulting group was picked from among several firms that bid for the contract. The Cosca Group will be paid “less than $25,000” for its services, board President Kerry Clegg said.

The firm’s first step, which could occur as early as September, will be to conduct interviews in the district to gauge what leadership qualities board members, school-site administrators, teachers and parent groups are looking for in a new superintendent, Clegg said.

After gathering that input, the consultant will put together an employment advertisement seeking candidates with those specific qualities, Clegg said.

Officials hope to receive a list of six to eight top candidates for the job by October or early November, after which the board will begin interviewing the applicants.

The process could take a few months, but ideally board members would like to have a new superintendent hired for the K-6 district, which serves about 5,780 students, by the first of January, said Clegg.

He declined to specify what the new superintendent’s salary will be, saying the salary range will be determined by the board during the interviewing process for the finalists.

“We’re a relatively small district, so we can’t offer the type of salary that L.A. Unified, for example, could,” Clegg said. “We’ll establish a range that’s based on the salaries in the other local districts and what the market is looking like.”

District officials earlier this year told The Signal that replacing Nolet, who oversaw the opening of a new school and the modernization of several campuses, and also guided the district through the recession, will be tough.

Nolet announced his retirement in June after having headed the district for 32 years. He said he believes it’s time for a new leader for the district.

“It’s probably time for me to turn the reins over to somebody else,” Nolet said in an interview, adding he plans to enjoy his family and hobbies after stepping down at the end of 2014.

On its website, professional head-hunting firm The Cosca Group said it specializes in “providing comprehensive searches for school superintendents and facilities directors.”

The firm currently is helping furnish qualified candidates for superintendent and other top administrative positions for a number of Southern California public school districts, including Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified, Monterey Peninsula Unified, Fillmore Unified School District and the Escondido Union School District, its website says.




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