The Arlington School Board is conducting a nationwide search for a new permanent superintendent to replace Dr. Patrick K. Murphy, who retired from APS on September 1, 2019. Our goal is to find a highly-qualified leader who will sustain our positive culture of learning and promote excellence and equity for all students.
APS is approaching the search in phases to fulfill both immediate needs and long-term goals, and we also want to ensure the community has a voice in the process. On July 30, the School Board appointed Cintia Johnson as interim superintendent, effective September 1, 2019, to lead the school division during the upcoming school year as we conduct the national search for a permanent superintendent.
APS is in the process of hiring an executive search firm to aid us with the national search to ensure we identify the right leader for APS and the best fit for our school community. Once the firm is hired, we expect the process to take several months and will include input from staff, families and the community. This page provides a timeline, links to important updates and resources, and ways to engage.
Virginia law requires that the division superintendent shall be appointed by the school board within 180 days after a vacancy occurs and allows for one request for an extension.
The following timeline will be updated regularly throughout the process as more details and information is available.
The search process will include input from staff, families and community members. A community engagement process will be established in coordination with an executive search firm, and more information will be available later this year.
Request for Proposal for Executive Search Firm to Aid with National Search (Updated) (9/23/19)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process for selecting a new permanent superintendent?
The School Board is approaching the search in phases to address immediate needs and long-term priorities. Our goal is to find a highly-qualified leader who will sustain our positive culture of learning and promote excellence and equity for all students.
The first phase was to identify an interim leader to provide stability and continuity in the new school year as we execute the search for a permanent superintendent. Cintia Johnson was named interim superintendent on July 30. With the interim superintendent now in place, we are moving forward to hire an executive search firm to aid us with the national search for a permanent superintendent. We have issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) on September 23 and expect to have a search firm hired by late fall. Once the search firm is in place, we expect the process of hiring the new permanent superintendent will take several months and will include input from staff, families and the community.
Why has the RFP for an executive search firm been reissued?
We issued the RFP to hire a search firm on August 19, with proposals due on September 9, and we received three proposals. Unfortunately, all three proposals were considered non-responsive. Therefore, we reissued the RFP on Monday, September 23. We expect to be reviewing proposals and interviewing firms in October and November and anticipate selecting a search firm some time in December.
How will you solicit feedback from the community and how can I get involved?
The process for community engagement and input will be determined in partnership with the executive search firm who will guide the process. The process for community engagement is one of the key criteria we are using to evaluate potential executive search firms since ensuring our families have a voice in the process is a priority for the School Board and APS staff.
When do you expect to have a new permanent superintendent in place?
Virginia law requires that the division superintendent shall be appointed by the school board within 180 days after a vacancy occurs and allows for one request for an extension. We are moving forward with this timeline in mind and taking the steps necessary to find a highly qualified leader whose experience, values and background matches the needs and values of our school community.
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