With Montclair Superintendent Frank Alvarez leaving the district at the end of this school year to go to Rye, NY, the BoE has been busy trying to find a replacement. It’s a big position and not easy to fill in a short time, especially when Governor Christie has imposed a salary cap on superintendents. Dr. Alvarez made $250,000 in the position, but it will now offer $175,000.
So how is the replacement process going? BoE President, Shelly Lombard, explains:
It will be virtually impossible to hire someone by July 1…that’s only 90 days. Most candidates must give 60 days notice to their current district. So that would leave us only 30 days to (1) do focus groups with residents (to hear what they want in a superintendent); (2) then conduct a nationwide search; and (3) then interview candidates (possibly 2 rounds).
It is more important to get the right person than it is to get someone fast. So we are targeting Sept 1 and we plan to hire an interim to cover the summer.
We would prefer to hire an interim who is familiar with the district and who is not a candidate for the position.
Although I was not on the board when we hired Frank, my understanding is that he started November 1.