2018 Superintendent Search

At a special board meeting on February 5, 2018, the Modesto City Schools Board of Education voted to conduct a superintendent search to find a permanent replacement for Superintendent Able, who retired in January. At the same special meeting, trustees approved a request for proposals for superintendent search firms.

At a special board meeting on February 20, 2018, trustees interviewed four superintendent search firms and selected Leadership Associates to conduct the superintendent search. The key steps towards finding a new superintendent will be reported on this page.

Position Description

Using the input gathered from the online survey, public forums and meetings with various community and employee groups, Leadership Associates created the Position Description linked below. The Position Description includes information regarding the selection process and application requirements.

Public Notice of Open Forum

As part of our superintendent search, the Modesto City Schools community is invited to participate in a public forum to express to the Leadership Associates consultants the qualities and characteristics they would desire in a superintendent of schools. 

If you are interested, please attend any of the public forums below.  Click on each to view/print the public notice:

March 20, 2018

March 21, 2018

  • Davis High School Little Theater, 6:00 p.m.  ( English  |  Spanish )
  • Hanshaw Middle School Cafeteria, 6:00 p.m.  ( English  |  Spanish )

Online Survey

The Modesto City Schools Board of Education wants your help in selecting our next superintendent. Consultants from Leadership Associates, the firm we hired to conduct the superintendent search, created an online survey to solicit input from students, families, staff and the community.

The information generated from the survey will be used to develop a profile which indicates desired qualities and characteristics in our next superintendent. It will also guide the recruitment and reference checking process and the development of questions for the interview. Consultants will compile a report summarizing the survey results and share it will trustees.

The survey will be open March 19-23.

Search Timeline

February 15 District receives proposals
February 20 Proposal Presentations / Board Selects Firm
March 5 Board meets with consultants and determines characteristics, skills & qualities desired in a new Superintendent; Board publicly announces timeline and procedures for Superintendent selection
March 20-21 Consultants meet with staff and community designated by Board to receive input; Online survey is posted to district website March 19-23
March/April Consultants identify potential candidates; Development and posting of recruitment materials and Position Description
March 26 and
April 2
Advertising and active recruitment; Ad appears in AASA and EdCal, (Two consecutive publications)
April 17, 5:00 PM Deadline for applications
April/May Consultants complete comprehensive reference and background checks on applicants
May 14 Board meets with consultants, reviews all applications and selects finalists to be interviewed
May 18-19 Board interviews finalists
Week of May 25 Board completes validation visit of leading candidate’s community and makes final determination on selected candidate
June 4 or 25 Board approves superintendent contract at a regularly scheduled board meeting
July 1 New Superintendent begins