The Superintendent Search – updated 2/21/14

This page will be used to track the process of searching for a replacement for Cindy Stevenson, the current Superintendent of JeffCo Schools.  Please check back for periodic updates of the page.  The latest information will always be at the top of the page, with the remaining in reverse chronological order.

Step 1 – Hiring a Search Firm

In the posted agenda for the Feb 27th meeting, under the Consent Agenda, item 2.01 is “Executive Search Services Agreement: Ray & Associates”.  The documents in that section indicate that Ray & Associates have won the RFP and will be awarded the contract on Feb. 27.  Please see our post here for more information.


The Special Meeting was held last night (Feb 5th).  There were four firms answered the RFP.  One answer was considered non-responsive and was eliminated.  After reviewing the staff and their own evaluations, the Board settled on two Executive Search firms as the finalists for the search.  The two firms are Ray & Associates and PROACT.  The remaining firm, the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) was considered to be to limited to Colorado.  The Board wants a nation-wide search.

The two finalists will be invited to give presentations and answer questions at a meeting on Feb 18th.


  • The Board has scheduled a Special Meeting for Feb 5th (Education Center at 5:30 p.m.)  to meet with the Evaluation Committee and review the finalists for the RFP.  Award of the contract is scheduled Feb 26th.  RFP documents can be found here: 1, 2, 3.
  • The RFP for a search firm was posted (Rocky Mountain E-purchasing) on January 13th.  The RFP closed January 29th.
  • Board to send out RFP to professional search firm by the end of the month (January 2014) – Columbine Courier 01-15-14.
  • Below is an excerpt from the minutes of the January 9, 2014 Board Meeting:

2.01 Superintendent Search

PURPOSE: For the Board of Education to discuss the Request for Proposal (RFP) for hiring a superintendent search firm and the overall process for the hiring of a superintendent.

DISCUSSION: Staff provided information and responded to questions related to the timeline for the RFP, members of the RFP evaluation committee, evaluation criteria and weightings, scope of work for the search firm and proposal submission requirements of the Board of Education. The Board discussed the length of time needed to fill a superintendent position (three to four months), overlap with Dr. Stevenson the Board would like to have with the new superintendent (30-60 days), accelerated timeline for the selection of the search firm, criteria for evaluation, tweaks to the RFP, and having Dr. Stevenson weigh in on the job description provided with the RFP.

CONCLUSION:  The Board provided input to the RFP, established criteria for evaluation of the search firms, directed staff to include all board members in the evaluation committee; and, that a contract be in place by February 24, 2014.

4 thoughts on “The Superintendent Search – updated 2/21/14

  1. OPEN MEETINGS TO GATHER INPUT NEXT WEEK: Don’t forget to attend one:

    The process to choose a new superintendent for Jeffco Public Schools is underway. Members of the Jefferson County Board of Education have hired Ray and Associates, Inc. to lead that work. Representatives of the Capital Asset group are encouraged to participate in the process by attending a meeting with a representative from Ray and Associates, Inc. from 8:00 – 9:00 on Tuesday, March 18 in Conference Room 3A-3B at the Education Center. During the meeting, Capital Asset members will be provided information about the search process and the timeline. There will also be dialogue to discuss qualities participants would like to see in the next superintendent.

    Input can also be given by completing a confidential online survey or attending an open community meeting forum (see dates, times, and locations below.) The survey asks what qualities one thinks is most important in the selection of a superintendent. The survey link is:

    Open Community Forums:

    Tuesday, March 18

    Education Center Board Room, 5th Floor – 9-10 a.m.
    Alameda International High School auditorium – 7-8 p.m.
    Conifer High School auditorium – 7-8 p.m.
    Wednesday, March 19

    Education Center Board Room, 5th Floor – 9-10 a.m.
    Dakota Ridge High School auditorium – 7-8 p.m.
    Arvada West High School auditorium – 7-8 p.m.

    • Thanks for bringing this up! We were going to post on it after tonight, but the more people know about it the better!

      • Please post again. It doesn’t show as an update or as a new section. Your header could update as well if you do it and that would be great.

      • Things have gotten away from us on this particular page. We will be updating it as soon as we can.

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