Why National Superintendent Searches Miss The Best People For The Job
The Montgomery County Board of Education has hired a headhunting firm for $35,000 plus expenses to launch a national search to replace Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, whose last day on the job is Monday. That’s not much money, but it is still a waste of time and talent.
Big districts like Montgomery have national superintendent searches for the same reasons very rich men drive Lamborghinis — pride and fashion. They also probably have an unconscious fear of being ridiculed if they don’t act in the grand style expected of them.
School boards as smart as Montgomery’s would do better looking for a replacement among the skilled people they already have.