Monday, May 15, 2023

Hiring Guideline assures failure

Be sure to read carefully the advertised position for Richland Two's new superintendent.

It's your typical HR blather. Notice how general it is. 

The Board is three months behind on a serious start of its search. They lost February, March, and April.

And then they blew it by not figuring out that Baron Davis would very likely to be joining the recruiter's business. McPherson & Jacobson LLC obviously knew it was in discussions with Davis and failed to disclose that to the board, "Oops, sorry" is not good enough.

The Search Timeline almost guarantees failure.

Search Timeline:

Closing date for applications: May 31, 2023 (11:30 p.m. central time)

Board of Education selects finalists to interview: June 12, 2023

Interviews with the Board of Education: Week of June 19, 2023

Selection of new Superintendent: June 27, 2023

Start date: July 3, 2023


Why will it take from June 1 to June 12 to select finalists? The initial ranking could be done on June 1. Then only one week for interviews? Will all the best candidates be available? And one more week to make an offer? And then expect the new superintendent to start a week later? Will the new guy hold out for more than the $240,000 (plus benefits) that the District paid Davis?

Doesn't this mean that the pool of candidates will be all unemployed superintendents? Or those willing to quit jobs on short noticee? Will Richland 2 end up with the dregs from the coffee pot?

And, just because I'm picky, why does M&J state the closing time for applications as May 31, 2023, 11:59PM (Central Standard Time). Isn't almost all of the U.S. on Central Daylight Time?

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