Searching for WCASD's Next Superintendent
The WCASD School Board is pleased to announce that the search for the next superintendent of schools for West Chester Area School District is underway! During the June School Board meeting, the Board of School Directors approved a contract with the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) to conduct the confidential search for our next superintendent.
The Board, in partnership with the CCIU search team, is now moving into second round interviews and looks to have a final candidate for approval as our next Superintendent in September. This page continues to be one of our main sources for information on the search process, previous participation opportunities, previous communications, and additional updates following the conclusion of the search.
Thank you for your support during this important process. We look forward to working with and having a dialogue with the entire WCASD community to bring in an outstanding educational leader to serve as the district’s next superintendent of schools!
Search Process and Confidentiality
Integral to the process will be communicating with you, our district stakeholders. Updates regarding the search will be posted on the district’s website bi-weekly or more often if new developments in the process warrant the need for more frequent communication.
In order to attract a wide field of experienced candidates, it is necessary that the superintendent search process be confidential. This means that only the Board and the CCIU search team will be privy to the candidates' information and involved in the interview process. The way we will engage our community in guiding and informing our search process is through the use of focus groups and survey tools.
The Board sought stakeholder input by scheduling a series of virtual focus groups facilitated by the CCIU. We wanted to know your views, and we welcomed dialogue about the future direction of the West Chester Area School District. To encourage open and honest conversations, the Board and central administration will not be present during any of the focus group meetings. CCIU representatives facilitated the meetings and collected all information in aggregate form in order to remain anonymous. That information was gathered to develop a candidate profile and an array of interview questions that center on the needs and challenges facing our district as identified by the Board and by you, our stakeholders.
To assist us in the process, we invited you to participate in focus groups, which were held via Zoom. The table has now been removed as all focus group dates have passed.
After the application deadline of August 1, the Board conducted preliminary screenings of applicant resumes and credentials and will interviewed the most highly qualified candidates. After the first round of interviews, the strengths and weaknesses of each applicant were determined, and the Board selected two candidates for a second round of interviews to determine who best meets the needs of our district.
We remain hopeful to have the search process completed by September 2023 so that the new superintendent can assume their responsibilities at the West Chester Area School District on or as close to January 1, 2024.
If you have any additional questions regarding the WCASD Superintendent Search, you may email CommunicationsDept@wcasd.net and we will share your comments with the School Board and the Chester County Intermediate Unit.