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Posted January 13, 2020
UPDATE: Superintendent Search Survey is NOW available until Friday, January 17. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSUPER

Your Voice Matters


Posted January 7, 2020
Lakeland Central School District Board of Education Seeks 
Community Input in Search for New Superintendent - Community Forums January 13 and 14, 2020

Your Voice Matters Superintendent Searach

Members of the Lakeland School District community are invited to join the process

 of identifying what attributes they would like to see in Lakeland's new superintendent. You are invited to attend either of the forums to be held on:

  • January 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Lakeland High School library
  • January 14, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Walter Panas High School library
Additionally, an online Superintendent Search survey is open to everyone in the community and is available until January 15. You can find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSUPER. The link can also be found on the district’s website, and hard copies of the survey can be obtained at any school front office or the district’s administration building.

“The Board of Education (BOE) is committed to seeking input from the community in the search for a new superintendent and is working closely with School Leadership to provide a variety of opportunities for everyone’s voice to be heard,” said Michael Daly, Board President. “In addition to the survey, forum and focus groups, the BOE always welcomes feedback during the public comment section of its business meetings.”

You can find more information on the search for a new superintendent at http://www.lakelandschools.org/board_of_education/superintendent_search.php

Results of the survey, forums and focus groups will be presented to the public by School Leadership, LLC at the Board of Education’s January 23 Business Meeting held at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, 7:30 p.m. It will also be made available on the Lakeland Central School District website.

Posted December 16, 2019
Lakeland Central School District Board of Education Seeks 
Community Input in Search for New Superintendent

Your Voice Matters Superintendent SearachThe Lakeland Central School District (LCSD) Board of Education (BOE) announced at its December 12th board meeting that LCSD stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, support staff and local citizens, will be invited to help identify the personal and professional qualities they seek in a new superintendent. There will be several opportunities to provide input, including:

  • An online survey that is open to everyone in the community between now and January 15, 2020 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSUPER. The link can also be found on the district’s website and hard copies of the survey can be obtained at any school front office or the district’s administration building.
  • Two community forums conducted by the recently retained superintendent search firm School Leadership, LLC:  
    • January 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Lakeland High School library
    • January 14, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Walter Panas High School library
  • Additional focus groups will be conducted by School Leadership, LLC the week of January 13. These will be by invitation and include district leadership, teachers, support staff, students and parents. 

“The BOE is committed to seeking input from the community in the search for a new superintendent and is working closely with School Leadership to provide a variety of opportunities for everyone’s voice to be heard,” said Michael Daly, LCSD BOE President. “In addition to the survey, forum and focus groups, the BOE always welcomes feedback during the public comment section of its business meetings.”

The board will dedicate a section of its website to providing information about the search, including a timeline of the process, news and a link to the survey. It will also communicate updates via social media channels, email and at scheduled BOE meetings.

Results of the survey, forums and focus groups will be presented to the public by School Leadership, LLC at the BOE’s January 23rd Business Meeting at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, 7:30 p.m. It will also be made available on the LCSD website.



Board of Education Selects School Leadership, LLC to Lead its Superintendent Search ProcessYour Voice Matters Superintendent Searach

The Lakeland Central School District Board of Education has selected School Leadership, LLC as its superintendent search firm. The vote took place at its board meeting on Thursday, November 7, 2019 where the firm was approved unanimously by the board members in attendance. Current Superintendent Dr. George Stone previously announced that he will retire on June 30, 2020 after serving in his role for 10 years.


“One of the most significant responsibilities of a New York State school board is to hire and evaluate the Superintendent of Schools,” explained Michael Daly, LCSD BOE President. “At our July 11 meeting, the board determined that hiring a professional search firm would provide us with access to the quality of talent that Lakeland has come to expect from its leadership. After careful evaluation and positive referrals from multiple references, we determined that School Leadership was the best fit for our district.”

The search for a firm began on August 23, 2019 when the the Board issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seven organizations. Responses to the RFPs were received from five firms and three were selected for further research and evaluation. On October 15, 2019 the prospective teams from each of these three firms were interviewed by all nine members of the Board. Following the interviews, the Board conducted background checks on each firm and contacted all references provided. Further vetting of School Leadership was conducted by Daly and Board Vice President Denise Kness who contacted three local school board presidents to discuss their experiences with the firms, all of which were positive.

In early December the Board and School Leadership will conduct a planning meeting to discuss next steps and establish a timeline for the search. Following the meeting, School Leadership will solicit input from stakeholders identified by the Board through a series of focus groups, open meetings and surveys. Information about the search will be communicated to the public via email and social media posts and a web site. The Board also welcomes questions during the public comment section of its business meetings.

About School Leadership, LLC
School Leadership, LLC is one of the largest New York companies engaged in the educational leadership search process. It has access to many search consultants with knowledge of communities in this region of the country, as well as experience with suburban school districts across the nation. Since its founding, the firm has served the needs of more than a hundred private and public schools and districts in the metropolitan New York area. For more information visit www.leadschools.us.