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DEDICATED TO THE EDUCATION OF STUDENTS WHO ARE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED SINCE 1904

Executive Director Search: Lavelle Board of Trustees President Message #1

The search for an Executive Director is underway. Earlier this fall, the Board of Trustees
retained School Leadership, LLC to assist in the selection process for this position. Dr. Howard
Smith, a consultant from the firm, is working with the Board to plan for the search which will
include significant community input into the process. Dr. Charles Fowler, President of School
Leadership, LLC, is assisting in the search in a number of ways. Information about School
Leadership, LLC is available at www.leadschools.us.

On December 14, Dr. Smith will be at the school meeting with various focus groups already
designated by the Board.  These groups will include parents and alumni; administrators; teachers;
related service providers; teacher aides and assistants; and clerical, security and maintenance
staff. Announcements and invitations regarding these meetings will be forthcoming. Dr. Smith
will review the search process and the tentative timeline and collect information about the school
and community, about perceived leadership challenges in both the short term (one year) as well
as the longer term (three to five years) and about the desired personal characteristics and
professional experiences those participating would like to see in the Executive Director. In
addition, an online survey requesting similar input from constituents not able to attend the
various focus group meetings has been activated.  Individuals wishing to provide information for
the Board to consider can access the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/lsbexec.

Once all of the responses from the focus groups and the online survey are analyzed, Dr. Smith
will prepare a report for the Board summarizing what was shared and recommending
specifications for the position. In early January 2018, the Board will receive the report and on
January 9th will adopt position specifications that will be used by the consultant and the Board in
searching for the Executive Director.

Related information will be shared periodically as the search progresses. In the interim, should
you have questions about the status of our plans for the search, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Claire Lavin, Ph.D., President
Board of Trustees
clavin@cnr.edu