MMSD seeks public input in superintendent search

The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Board of Education announced Friday in a press release that it intends to reach a final determination on the next superintendent of MMSD in February.

Since the launch of the job profile in November, there has been significant interest in the position with nearly 60 applicants received, according to the press release. Both the Alma Advisory Group team and the Board have had the opportunity to meet with many “highly-qualified candidates.” 

The MMSD Board of Education anticipates the final selection phase of the superintendent search will occur in late February 2024, slightly ahead of schedule.  

“We were very pleased with the initial engagement from community members, staff, families, and especially our students,” board president Nichelle Nichols said in a statement. “Student voice has been particularly present in this process and we look forward to continuing that in the next stage.” 

The Board and representatives of Alma Advisory Group have posted on the MMSD website three ways community members can participate in the superintendent search, with finalist interviews scheduled for Feb. 6 and 7.

  1. Submit nominations (or self-nominate) to participate on interview panels, now through Jan. 12. 
  2. Recommend questions for the interview panels to ask finalists, now though Jan. 12. Interview panels will be selected to represent the full MMSD community and will engage in training and planning sessions later this month.
  3. Watch the live-streamed and recorded candidate interviews (Feb. 6-7) and submit feedback to the Board on each finalist.  

“From the start, we wanted to ensure this process was grounded in the voices of the MMSD community and we’re excited to do just that. In the next few weeks we will be actively working to integrate community voices into the superintendent search process,” Alma CEO Monica Santana Rosen said in a statement.

Close to 4,000 members of the school community participated in meetings, surveys and focus groups since the start of the school year, when the Board and representatives of Alma Advisory Group announced plans to engage the community in a search for a Superintendent. Community input was used to craft the next leader’s job profile and used to design the selection process. The job profile created for this position can be found here.