The search for the Executive Director continues on schedule. The members of the Board of Trustees are committed to finding the very best educator to lead the school in the challenging years ahead.
Dr. Howard Smith and Dr. Robert Conrad, consultants from School Leadership, LLC the consulting firm working with the Board of Trustees, completed the focus group meetings with stakeholders on December 14 and reviewed the input from the online survey which closed on December 29. On January 9 the Board discussed the information presented by the consultants and adopted the specifications for the position based upon the input received from those meetings and from the analysis of the information collected from the online survey. The Board of Trustees has determined that the ideal candidate will be:
- A respected and compassionate educator, well-versed in the teaching of the blind, visually impaired and multiply handicapped, who is passionate about her/his advocacy for children with multiple disabilities, and one who will reach out to the school community and build strong relationships with the education leaders in the region and the state.
- A successful teacher [preferably multiply certified, including teaching of the visually impaired (TVI) and/or special education] and administrator [certified as a School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS) or School Building Leader (SBL) and/or School District Leader (SDL)], in a school serving blind and visually impaired or other students with special needs who will be regularly visible in the school and who is culturally sensitive and appreciates diversity.
- A visionary leader who is inclusive, transparent and a creative-thinker and one who values collaboration and will take the time to understand the school and its current programs and then facilitate discussions related to expectations for students and implement plans that will better prepare graduates for life after Lavelle.
- A financially-astute educator who is politically savvy and possesses an excellent understanding of school finance, preferably for New York State 4201 and 4410 or similar schools, and who will advocate and lobby for increased funding, necessary programmatic changes and facilities improvements for the school and its students.
- An experienced administrator, with superior communication skills, who can work with all adults in the school and on the Board of Trustees in order to establish both short and long-term plans for the school, with specific goals and objectives, and one who can successfully monitor and adjust those plans in order to meet the continuing and ever-changing challenges of educating visually impaired and multiply handicapped students.
- An instructional leader who will work with all staff to support their efforts with students, who will provide personal support and related professional development, and one who offers clear and consistent direction, holding all accountable for their performance while treating all fairly and consistently.
These specifications will be used by the School Leadership consultants and the Board as they make decisions about applicants. In April, the Board will be interviewing candidates it designates as semi-finalists and, soon thereafter, will be meeting with candidates selected from that group as finalists for the position. Consultants from School Leadership, LLC will be vetting all applicants and assisting the Board in the selection of those designated to semi-finalist and finalist standing. The schedule of activities calls for the appointment of the Executive Director in time for an anticipated start date on or about July 1.
Related information will be shared periodically as the search progresses. In the interim, should you have questions about the status of or plans for the search, please feel free to contact me.
Claire Lavin, Ph.D., President
Board of Trustees