Fairfax County School Board Hires Superintendent Search Firm

News Release
November 15, 2016

The Fairfax County School Board has awarded a contract to Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to conduct a search for Division Superintendent candidates to replace Superintendent Karen K. Garza, who announced her resignation on September 19. The contract award is for $47,500 plus approved expenses.

“The School Board went through a competitive procurement process to identify potential offerors, evaluate competitive proposals, and select this firm,” said School Board Chair Sandy Evans.  “HYA brings extensive experience to this work and will play a crucial role in assisting the Board in hiring the best possible superintendent. FCPS has embarked on a path to identify a leader that will ensure that our students are provided a world class education in Fairfax County.”

Evans added that community engagement will play a significant role in the development of the leadership profile for the next superintendent search and identification of candidates. “This School Board believes it is critical to have feedback from all constituents when starting the search for our next superintendent. We want input from parents, employees, and the community before candidates are brought forward. We will work with HYA to develop a plan that will allow our community to engage in this important process either in person or online. ”

The Division Superintendent Search Firm Selection Advisory Committee was chaired by Karen Corbett Sanders (Mount Vernon).

 “The Selection Advisory Committee vetted all the highly qualified firms and held extensive interviews, which resulted in a very thorough selection process,” Corbett Sanders said. “HYA was selected because of its successful track record in placing superintendents in large school districts and national reach.”

Selection Advisory Committee members also included School Board members Pat Hynes (Hunter Mill), Jeanette Hough (at-large), Megan McLaughlin (Braddock), Dalia Palchik (Providence), Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield), and Janie Strauss (Dranesville).

 The School Board will hold future work sessions to discuss the aspects of the superintendent search, including community engagement and public input opportunities. Updates on the process will be communicated to the community throughout the upcoming months.

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Note:  For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.