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Upper Perkiomen Community Invited to Meet Superintendent Candidates
Written by Kelly Chandler Staff Writer

        Upper Perkiomen School District's search for a new superintendent is coming to a close finish as officials announced Wednesday the community will be able to speak to the three final candidates at forum next week.

        The forum, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Upper Perkiomen High School auditorium, will be moderated by Acting Superintendent Dr. Timothy Kirby.  It will feature opening statements by the candidates, followed by the candidates fielding written questions from the community and then giving closing statements, Kirby said.

        "I'm very interested in seeing that we get a significant turnout because it's an important step in the life of the school district," said Kirby.  "We have everybody waiting for this important missing link to be filled."

        The community will be able to give electronic feedback through the school district's website,, for 24 hours following the forum, school officials said.  The candidates will also be touring all five of the district's schools earlier that day and meeting with focus groups at each one of those sites.

        The final candidates, who were narrowed down from an original field of 26, were chosen after a second round of interviews was completed Sunday, Kirby said.  From now until Monday, the district's search consultant, Kirby, with outside agency help, will vet both personal and professional histories and prepare a confidential report for the board.

        The board already has feedback from approximately 150 community members who filled out an online survey as well as approximately 60 support staff, teachers, administrators and parents who were a part of focus groups formed for the superintendent search.

        Kirby said the outcome of the surveys and focus groups was that residents and staff are looking for someone who is a communicator, is visible within both the school district and the community, a team-builder and someone of high integrity.  The focus groups also expressed a desire to have someone who is an educational leader, is forward-thinking and treats everyone with respect.

        While Kirby said he couldn't release any information on the candidates or their identities until intensive background checks are completed, he did note that the board has a tough decision ahead of them.

        "The board and I are both really excited about the caliber of the finalists and obviously the candidates are coming in pretty equal or else we wouldn't have three of them," he explained.  "It's unusual to have three, but the board was unable to get down to two."

        Kirby said a salary range for the new superintendent has not been determined as it depends on the candidate's professional background and the marketplace. 

        The new superintendent is expected to be named by Oct. 31 and appointed by no later than the November school board meeting, Kirby said.  He or she will likely take over superintendent duties in January 2015.





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