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Superintendent Search

The Bettendorf Board of Education is working with Ray & Associates to hire a new superintendent of schools. The new superintendent will begin in July 2020.

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Link to Ray & Associates Posting | Candidate Brochure | Job Description


Qualities of the New Superintendent


  • Is willing to listen to input, but is a decision maker.
  • Possesses the leadership skills required to respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by an ethnically and culturally diverse community.
  • Inspires trust, has high levels of self-confidence and optimism, and models high standards of integrity and personal performance.
  • Is a strong communicator; speaking, listening and writing.
  • Has experience recruiting and maintaining exceptional staff for the district.
  • Is able to delegate authority appropriately while maintaining accountability.
  • Possesses excellent people skills and can present a positive image of the district.
  • Is strongly committed to a “students first” philosophy in all decisions.
  • Is capable of developing short and long-range district goals as well as developing and communicating a vision of quality education for the future to the board, staff and community.
  • Promotes positive student behavior conducive to a healthy and safe learning environment.
  • Provides leadership in the planning, implementation, and assessment of relevant professional development for all staff members as well as promoting a positive and professional learning environment for district employees and board.

Timeline:

  • Nov. 5 - 18 - Community 33 Qualities Survey
    • Open to community through 8 am on Nov. 18.
    • Results to be used to develop the qualities the district is looking for in a superintendent.
  • Nov. 15 - Stakeholder Meetings
    • Groups of 10-15 to meeting with the superintendent search firm to get input on what qualities the district stakeholder would like in a superintendent as well as pressing issues and priorities.
    • Students (MS/HS), staff (certified, classified, central office/administrators), parents (PTA/boosters, principal recommendations), community, and School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC).
    • Groups will be invited back to interview candidates on Feb. 4
  • Nov. 25 - Board to Finalize Superintendent Profile
  • Nov. 26 - Posting for Interested Candidates
  • Jan. 5 - Application Deadline
  • Jan. 21 - Top candidates presented to the board
    • School board selects finalists for interviews (closed session)
  • Jan. 28 week - Interview Top Candidates
  • Feb. 4 - Finalist Interviews
    • Stakeholder groups and constituents
    • Community forum
    • Board interviews