It was a busy week in Wilton, with dozens of parents, teachers, administrators, students, and community members participating in forums related to our efforts to find a successor for Dr. Richards. Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA), the executive search firm assisting us in this endeavor, conducted two community discussions in addition to many smaller focus groups. HYA will evaluate then share the feedback received via these meetings and the online survey (which had approximately 500 respondents) to help us refine the profile and characteristics we are looking for in a new superintendent. That profile will then be used to identify potential candidates.
As I have mentioned previously, our goal is to have a new superintendent identified by the end of the year. If identifying and hiring a new superintendent is not possible by then, we will look to take Dr. Richards up on his generous offer to help fill part or all of any gap in coverage we might have. Recruiting a new superintendent will, of course, continue to be a front-burner issue for the next several months. And so will several other high-priority topics!