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Search is on for new school district superintendent

The job posting has officially been released, and now the Langley School District is one step closer to selecting a new superintendent.

The position has been empty since the firing of Cheryle Beaumont in January by a 5-2 vote of the board of education, and has since been temporarily filled by acting superintendent Suzanne Hoffman.

The search is being overseen by secretary-treasurer David Green and assistant superintendent of human resources Jennifer Canas. Green said neither of them are interested in applying for the position.

In a meeting on Feb. 27, the board drafted a set of criteria needed for the person who will take over the role.

According to Green, the characteristics of the district had to be clearly defined first in order to select someone who will best fit the needs here in Langley.

“We did an examination of what the district’s culture is and in addition the district’s goals to determine what the district profile is for potential candidates,” he told the board on March 27.

“Candidates for the position of superintendent would be interested in what the district profile is, what sort of district are we and what sort of things do we do here.”

The board has been working in partnership with the organization Make a Future — Careers in BC Education, a recruitment branch of the BC Public School Employers’ Association, to help make a decision.

Make a Future is used to assist the hiring process in B.C.’s 60 boards of education and in the ministry of education.

The superintendent job posting will close on April 20 and interviews for the position will take place in May.

Applicants will be screened through behavioural crosschecking and behavioural interviews, Green said.

“Candidates for the position will have to demonstrate that they have experience and that they can actually support prime examples of how they’ve done something in their careers, how they manage themselves and how they read people and that sort of thing,” he said.

A new superintendent will be in place this summer, before the new school year begins in September.

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