Superintendent Search Process

  • The Boston School Committee is currently engaged in a nationwide superintendent search to find the next great leader of the Boston Public Schools (BPS). An 11-person Superintendent Search Committee is currenly holding a series of community listening sessions to gather input on desired characteristics and priorities for the next BPS Superintendent. The co-chairs have agreed to make the process as transparent as possible, incorporating public input, while still preserving candidate confidentiality when necessary.

    The School Committee will hold a special meeting on November 14th from 5-7 p.m. to provide the Committee with an opportunity to:


    1. Vote on an RFP to be released for search firm services
    2. Receive an initial presentation on a draft job description from the Search Committee, which would have met once and conducted two community listening sessions by that time.


    Building on input from the Search Committee public hearings, the Search Committee will draft a job description and present it to the Boston School Committee for approval.  It is expected that the School Committee will vote on a final job description for immediate posting on December 5.
    The Search Committee will issue a call for candidates and actively work to create as wide a pool of potential candidates as possible.  It is anticipated that a call for candidates in early December will put the district in an ideal position to take advantage of available candidates. The search consultant will conduct initial vetting and background checks on candidates and then will assist the Search Committee in its work to select candidates for initial interviews. The Search Committee will conduct a round of interviews (in executive session to preserve candidate confidentiality at this level) and select an appropriate number of suitable final candidates for public presentation.

    The Search Committee will then begin the process to solicit, vet and narrow the list of candidates for superintendent.  It is specifically charged with naming finalists for the Boston School Committee, Mayor Walsh and the greater public to consider, with a final decision to be made by the Boston School Committee.

    It is expected that the Search Committee will operate under a timeline that will allow for the presentation of final candidates in early 2019, however, that time frames can and will be adjusted if necessary (based upon the response to the call for candidates), in order to best ensure that Boston has obtained the highest caliber of candidates for consideration as our district’s next permanent superintendent.

    Documents of Interest:
    Community Listening Session Fliers:


  • Boston School Committee

    2300 Washington Street
    Roxbury, MA  02119
    Phone: (617) 635-9014
    Elizabeth Sullivan
    Elizabeth Sullivan
    Executive Secretary