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Last chance to become next St. Johns County Superintendent

Deadline to apply is Friday

St. Johns County School District building
St. Johns County School District building

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – The search for the next superintendent of schools in St. Johns County is coming to an end Friday. Applications will be accepted until midnight on July 15.

The school board has received about 14 applications for the position, so far, but only eight of those had completed all of the requirements.

The St. Johns County school board set a few standards pertaining to the job including:

  • Master’s degree (earned Doctorate preferred) from an accredited educational institution.
  • A minimum of 10 years administrative experience (at least 5 years at senior level management) in a K-12 comprehensive, multicultural school system with at least 20,000 students (preferred).
  • Some teaching experience (preferred).
  • Florida experience (preferred).

A successful candidate will be eager to lead a consistently high-achieving school district, be familiar with the latest research on educational leadership, student achievement and school effectiveness, and have the vision, energy, and financial background to manage a complex and growing organization, the district said.

Once the application process has closed, the Superintendent Search Citizens Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. July 21 to go over the applications.

The committee is made up of 31 people -- 16 of them are from community and civic based organizations. The other 15 were selected by the five school board members, who each named three members to the committee. The full list of committee members can be found at http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/supt-search/appointees.

According to John Reichert, a consultant for the Florida School Boards Association, the committee is relatively large. He said typically these committees are made up of about 15 to 20 people, but he said the St. Johns County School Board wanted a diverse committee made up of many different people in the community.

The committee will meet several times throughout August.

On Sept. 13, the school board will identify semifinalists and develop further questions for them.

The school board will conduct finalist interviews on Oct. 5-7 and the new superintendent will be chosen Oct. 11. The very next day, board members will begin developing a contract and by the beginning of November they will decide an effective start date for the new superintendent.

Anyone interested in applying for the position can find a full list of requirements and the application here.