OPS board to get a list of superintendent candidates in November

Oct 2, 2012

A national search for the Omaha Public Schools’ new superintendent has yielded 78 candidates so far.

The OPS board was updated Monday afternoon on the superintendent search. Consulting firm PROACT of Wilmette, Illinois, is leading the search for candidates.

PROACT CEO Gary Solomon says the applicants are all highly qualified. “Of the candidates that have expressed interest in the position or that have applied for the position, we’re a thousand percent pleased with the depth and quality of candidates that have applied. We have top leaders in the educational field, we have top leaders outside the educational field, who’ve all expressed interest in the position and see it as a fantastic opportunity.”

PROACT will spend the next month recruiting additional candidates for the OPS job, with a November 10 deadline in place. After a vetting process and internal interviews, PROACT will present a list of eight to ten candidates to the OPS board. The board, in turn, will interview candidates and hold public forums.

Board members want to name a new superintendent in mid-December.