Key Dates & Events

The following are key dates, both past and future, in the superintendent search process. This list will be updated throughout the process.

March 6

  • Finalist: James Browder
  • Reception: 4:30 – 5:45 PM, Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Interview: 7:00 PM, Central Campus Multi-Purpose Room, 1800 Grand Avenue

March 5

  • Finalist: Carey Wright
  • Reception: 4:30 – 5:45 PM, Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Interview: 7:00 PM, Central Campus Multi-Purpose Room, 1800 Grand Avenue

March 4

  • Finalist: Thomas Ahart
  • Reception: 4:30 – 5:45 PM, Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Interview: 7:00 PM, Central Campus Multi-Purpose Room, 1800 Grand Avenue

Week of February 25, 2013
Interview semi-finalist candidates

February 21, 2013
School Board meeting with search firm

February 11, 2013
Deadline for Superintendent applications

December 6, 2012
Board approves Superintendent profile
Noon
Room 6A – 901 Walnut Street

November 29, 2012
Community Forum
6:00 PM
Multi-Purpose Room – Central Campus

November 13, 2012
Ray & Associates present at School Board meeting

November 1, 2012
Search Firm Initiates Work

October 2, 2012
Vote to Select Search Firm

October 1, 2012
Interview Search Firms

September 8, 2012
Board Work Session
Topic: Superintendent Search Process Overview – Part 3
Presenter:  Cathy Mincberg (Center for Reform of School Systems)

September 7, 2012 – October 1, 2012
Review Proposals and Interview Search Firms

September 7, 2012
Search Firm Proposals Due

August 23, 2012
Issue Superintendent Search RFP

August 1, 2012 – August 22, 2012
Develop Search Firm RFP

July 10, 2012
Board Work Session
Superintendent Search Process Overview – Part 2

June 1 through August 1
Develop Search Master Plan and Schedule

  • Search Process Parameters (Search Firm vs. HR Search)
  • Preparation and Release of RFP
  • Discuss Search Process Staffing
  • Discuss Public Engagement Strategy
  • Other Details TBD

May 16, 2012
Board Work Session
Topic: Superintendent Search Process Overview – Part 1
Presenters: Mike Casserly (Council of Great City Schools) and Phil Roeder (DMPS Staff/2006 Board President)

April 4, 2012
Board Work Session
Topic: Initial Presentation on Superintendent Search and Transition