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NYSAIS Principles of Best Practice for Heads and the Search Process


Heads and the Search Process

  • Heads who are sought after for another post or are exploring other opportunities should inform their present board chair if they decide to explore the opportunity seriously.
  • Heads intending to leave a school should give the board sufficient time to allow the school to conduct a proper search for a successor. Experience indicates that the search process usually takes at least eight months.
  • Schools should not permit excessive or intrusive visiting by search committees or consultants who wish to question colleagues or students with whom a candidate works. Arrangements for such visits should be made between the candidate and the head or if the head is a candidate, the head and the board chair.
  • Boards should not inquire of search consultants about replacing their present head without the head’s knowledge.