Public Input Wanted For Superintendent Search

Community stakeholders voice their opinion of what characteristics the new superintendent should possess at Tuesday night's meeting with IPA

Last week, the University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration (IPA) held three public meetings at the Milford High School to begin the search for the Milford School District Superintendent position that will become vacant this June. The purpose of these meetings was to seek stakeholder input on current strengths of the district, future challenges and characteristics desired by the public, school administration and teachers for the new superintendent position.

The search for a new superintendent initially began in December 2011 when current Superintendent Sharon Kanter turned in her letter of intent to retire from the Milford School District due to personal issues. The Milford School Board Education decided to choose a third-party consulting firm to assist with the Superintendent search. Given three choices of firms from around the country, The Board approved the use of the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration for finding qualified candidates for the position.

The timeline for filling the superintendent position will be an aggressive three-month analysis, evaluation and selection process that will be coordinated between the Institute for Public Administration and the Milford School Board. In April IPA plans to create leadership profiles for the position gathered from a series of public meeting and online surveys. The vacancy will then be posted through local media outlets. In May the application process will be closed and candidates will be reviewed by an independent body. In late May a list of recommended semi-finalists will be given to the Milford Board of Education and the School Board will interview candidates with a target date set for mid-June for the announcement of the new superintendent.

“The responses that the community gives us during these meetings are going to be taken back to the University to create a leadership profile that will act as a guide that is shared with the MIlford Board of Education,” stated James Flynn, Assistant Professor, Associate Policy Scientist, and Director of Institute for Public Administration.

All district stakeholders including parents/guardians, students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to participate in an on-line survey as part of the search process.  Information gathered from the surveys will help shape revisions to the current position description and will be reviewed by the Milford School District Board of Education when developing the selection criteria. This community survey will be open through Wednesday, April 18 and can be taken by visiting