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Everett School Board chooses executive search firm to find new superintendent

At their February 26, 2019, special meeting, the Everett School Board of Directors selected executive search firm Ray & Associates to recruit candidates to replace retiring Superintendent Dr. Gary Cohn.  Cohn announced his retirement in January after leading Everett Public Schools for the last 10 years.

From an Everett Public Schools news release.

At their February 26, 2019, special meeting, the Everett School Board of Directors selected executive search firm Ray & Associates to recruit candidates to replace retiring Superintendent Dr. Gary Cohn.

Cohn announced his retirement in January after leading Everett Public Schools for the last 10 years. As part of the process for finding the next superintendent, the board of directors issued a Request for Proposal to select the best search firm for the job.

In a special board meeting on February 21st, the board reviewed the proposals and interviewed firms. They selected Ray and Associates, Inc., as the search firm to help find the best candidates for superintendent at a special February 26th meeting.

Ray and Associates is a search firm out of Iowa specializing in school executive leadership searches. The firm has provided search services for hundreds of school districts in dozens of states, including Washington as well as nine state education departments. 

The timeline to select the next superintendent will be reviewed by Ray and Associates and finalized by the board. It includes time for community input, which will be announced on the district website and through social media. The new superintendent will officially start July 1st.

Regarding the search process, Board President Carol Andrews stated, “We’ve been fortunate to have had the stability and leadership of a long-time superintendent. As we launch a process to recruit another, I believe Everett Public Schools’ reputation will draw many high-quality candidates, and we know there will be strong community interest in how we make the selection.” 

“The district has already received input from over 600 community members, staff and students through Thoughtexchange, a community conversation tool,” said Andrews.

She went on to say, “The characteristics our community is looking for in a superintendent is an important piece of information for the search firm to have before the process begins.”

The new superintendent will also benefit from the community input on perceived strengths and challenges of the district.

Updated information on the superintendent search, including the results of the community surveys can be found on the district website.

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