Frequently Asked Questions

Will my application be confidential?
Can an applicant apply for too many positions?
Should an applicant contact the employing organization or board?
Is a doctorate necessary?
Is a superintendent's certificate necessary?
How long will a search take?
What if a client is not convinced they have found the right person?
For a search, is a site visit to the top candidate's home district necessary?
How are the community and staff involved in the search?
Do you have a stable of candidates?
What has been your success record with previous searches?
How much information is needed to support my application?
What kinds of certification or professional qualifications are needed?
Does Kansas honor other states' certificates or qualifications?
How are the criteria for selecting the best candidate developed?


Will my application be confidential?
Yes. KASB Search Services makes every effort to maintain strict confidentiality of applicant names and materials submitted with an application.

Can an applicant apply for too many positions?
You should apply for any position you feel you are well qualified for, but you should not apply for any position that you would not accept if offered. You should not be discouraged if you are not hired, however. A board hires only one person to be its superintendent, which means any number of well-qualified candidates must be passed over.

Should an applicant contact the employing organization or board?
No. All contact should be through KASB staff if KASB is handling the search.

Is a doctorate necessary?
Rarely do school boards require a doctorate and those that do are usually larger districts.

Is a superintendent's certificate necessary?
Yes. Kansas has a very rigid certification requirement. An applicant must have or be eligible to receive a valid Kansas superintendent's certificate. Kansas does have reciprocity with other states, so an applicant with a superintendent's certificate from another state can qualify for a temporary certificate until obtaining a permanent one. Inquiries should be directed to the Kansas State Department of Education.

How long will a search take?
Ideally, a search takes up to two to three months from the day the search is opened until the new superintendent is hired. This gives ample time to develop a profile, advertise the position, and conduct interviews. Sometimes clients feel they must shorten the process and KASB will work with the board to establish a suitable time line.
 
What if a client is not convinced it has found the right person?
If KASB is hired to assist with a search, we provide help until the board is convinced it has found the right person.

For a search, is a site visit to the top candidate's home district really necessary?
This is at the discretion of the hiring board. The visit allows the board to confirm its impressions of the top applicant.
 
How are the community and staff involved in the search?
It is important that the staff and community be involved in developing the profile. This gives them a voice in the process.The review of the applications and the interview process are strictly board functions. This is accomplished with KASB staff assistance.
 
Do you have a stable of candidates?
No. We are committed to helping the employing board find the very best applicants possible.

What has been your success record with previous searches?
Just in the past eight years we have conducted close to 150 searches. While we always encourage boards to do their 'due diligence' when selecting a search process, time and time again KASB is the choice for boards in Kansas. Take a look at a few selected testimonials, or contact us for references!

How much information is needed to support my application?
The application should contain enough information for a candidate to "sell" herself or himself to a prospective employer. The best way to do this is for the candidate to stress accomplishments and show a positive track record.
 
What kinds of certification or professional qualifications are needed?
The prospective employer will specify the kinds professional qualifications desired. Larger districts may require a higher level of qualification than smaller ones or those located in more isolated areas. The general rule is that certifications or professional qualifications listed as "required" are not as negotiable as those listed as "desired." If you think you meet the general requirements, go ahead and apply.

Does Kansas honor other states' certifications or professional qualifications?
In general, yes. Kansas has rigid certification requirements for educators. This state does have reciprocity with other states, so an applicant with a certificate from another state can qualify for a temporary certificate until obtaining a permanent one. Inquiries about education certification should be directed to the Kansas State Department of Education.

How are the criteria for selecting the best candidate developed?
The consultant works with the hiring official or designated contact to develop these. This process may include input from several staff members or it may involve selected community members, business representatives, parents, and/or staff. The final choice regarding involvement is an organization option.