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Trustees select executive search firm to assist with identifying the next superintendent

The Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees voted at its regular meeting Nov. 8 to retain the firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) to conduct the search process for the district’s next Superintendent of Schools. The selection of an executive search firm was anchored by a comprehensive Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process that reached a wide variety of search firms with expertise in K-12, higher education and corporate leadership placements. Ten search firms responded to the RFQ and four (HYA, CarterBaldwin, Ray and Associates, Inc., and R. William Funk & Associates) were interviewed in person by trustees Nov. 1 and 2.
HYA is a national executive search firm specializing in superintendent searches. The firm has extensive experience working with K-12 school districts nationally known for high achievement, exceptional post-secondary student success and highly engaged stakeholders. The firm particularly impressed the trustees with its thorough search process and its ability to customize and tailor the process to meet the specific needs of the HPISD community.
“It is incredibly important that our efforts and this process ensure strong community involvement,” Board President Tom Sharpe said. “HYA has a track record of offering a robust and established process for gathering stakeholder input and for customizing their work to meet our needs. We also believe HYA has the greatest ability to leverage an extensive network across the country, offering us the broadest reach for our candidate search.”
With the selection of the search firm partner complete, HPISD is now in Phase 2 of the Superintendent Search Process. Trustees will meet with HYA executives the week of Nov. 14 to develop a comprehensive timeline outlining a collaborative process that ensures stakeholders have an opportunity to give input into the search for a new school superintendent. These opportunities will be shared with the community through the district’s communication channels and updates will be posted on the HPISD Superintendent Search Process webpage to provide transparent communication throughout the process.
HPISD Board of Trustees:
Tom Sharpe, President
Maryjane Bonfield, Vice President
Bryce Benson, Secretary
Jae Ellis, Trustee
Stacy Kelly, Trustee
Ellen Lee, Trustee
Doug Woodward, Trustee