Information for School Boards

Because the Association understands the choice of a superintendent to be the most important decision a board of education will ever make, the Association offers professional services to school boards seeking to fill a vacancy. The Association makes every effort to keep the costs for searches reasonable.

A search typically involves a number of steps:

  • needs assessment
  • a profile of the qualifications desired, "the person needed"
  • a national announcement of the vacancy
  • professional screening of applicants
  • school board interviews with the finalists
  • board negotiations with the selected candidate and the awarding of a contract

An announcement of vacancy is developed for each search. The announcement contains such information as:

  • a description of the district and community
  • a description of "the person wanted"
  • some reference to compensation
  • application procedures and processes

IASB welcomes the opportunity to make a personal presentation regarding its services to any member board of education that anticipates a search. There is never a cost for this presentation. A personal presentation will allow the board to explore a variety of options (or levels of service) for the search. A superintendent search, by its very nature, is an individualized effort, customized to fit the needs of a particular district.

Please refer to these FAQs for further information, or contact someone on the Executive Searches staff.

IASB is an equal opportunity employment search agency and a member of the National Affiliation of Superintendent Searchers.