RPS Superintendent Search- Dates and Documents

Meeting Summaries

On June 19th, the School Board received the timeline and process for the Superintendent Search during their regular meeting. 1st District representative Elizabeth Doerr motioned to vote on the process on Monday June 26th. The motioned passed 5-2. Dawn Page and Felicia Cosby both voted no. Patrick Sapini and Nadine Marsh-Carter were not in attendance at the meeting. 

At the June 26th special meeting, the timeline and process were on the docket for approval. During the meeting, 4th District representative Jonathan Young motioned to amend the draft to consider 5 Superintendent candidates instead of 3 Superintendent. With 5th District representative Nadine Marsh-Carter not in attendance, the motion tied 4-4. The no votes were Felicia Cosby, Dawn Page, Linda Owen, and Patrick Sapini. A tie vote would cause the papers to be pushed to the next meeting if they choose to pursue the amendment. Ultimately they passed the documents with an amendment allowing the search committee to extend the search process by majority vote to December 1, 2017. The motion passed 7-1 with the solitary no vote coming from Young.

The next meeting is be on July 12th at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School at 6PM to discuss the search process and School Board process. The agenda includes: 

  • Identification of individuals to meet with HYA consultants in development of Leadership Profile Report Online Leadership Profile Survey
  • Times for interviews with board members regarding Leadership Profile Board Liaison during search
  • HYA liason and consultant
  • Number of candidates
  • Inside candidates
  • Salary and fringe benefits
  • National postings
  • Letter of Understanding
  • Communication with press & community
  • Candidate interview process 

Document Highlights

Superintendent Search Committee

The search committee will work with the Search Firm and will recommend the top candidates to the School Board. The committee will have no more than 28 members representing various stakeholders. Identified stakeholder communities were: parents, faith-based, business partners, higher education, City administration, RPS administration and staff, teachers, and non-profit partners. The committee currently includes: 

  1. Dr. Joseph Johnson, President, VUU
  2. Dr. Gary Rhoades, President, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  3. Rev. Ben Campbell, Pastor Associate, St. Paul's Episcopal
  4. Dr. Andrew Daire, Dean, School of Education, VCU
  5. William Goodwin, Chairman, CCA
  6. C.T. Hill, Former President, SunTrust Consumer Banking
  7. Kim Sheeler, President, ChamberRVA
  8. Charlotte Hayer/Ramon Moore, President Richmond Education Association, RPS Teacher/In School Suspension Coordinator, Alumni
  9. J. Alston Brown, Principal, Richmond Community High School
  10. Bishop Curtis Jackson, Richmond Council of PTA's, Parent
  11. Susan Hawes, Richmond Council of PTA's, Teacher
  12. James Minor, President, Richmond NAACP, Alumni
  13. Mieko Manuel-Timmons, Executive Director Community of Caring, former Parent
  14. Bernice Travers, Richmond Crusade for Voters, Inc.
  15. Marcus Newsome, Superintendent, Petersburg City Schools
  16. Brionna Nomi, former Teacher
  17. Marty Barrington, CEO, Altria
  18. James Ukrop, NRV, Alumni
  19. Gustabo Angeles, The New Virginia Minority
  20. Harold Fitrer, CEO, Communities in Schools, former RPS staff
  21. Melody Barnes, City of Richmond, Alumbi
  22. Claude Hataway, RPS Athletics & Transition Mentor Teacher, Alumni
  23. Tim S. Fite, former RPS Parent
  24. Christy Jo Adams, RPS Fine Arts Instructional Specialist, Teacher, Parent, & Alumni
  25. Kelly Chopus, Executive Director, Robins Foundation
  26. Thomas Farrell,CEO, Dominion Energy

Superintendent Timeline

  • Aril 21st: Announcement
  • May 12th: Post RFP for Search Firm
  • May 15th: Superintendent Search Commences
  • May 16th: Community Forum
  • May 19th: Community Forum
  • May 22nd: Superintendent Search Work Continues
  • May 23rd: Community Forum
  • May 24th: Community Forum
  • May 29th: Superintendent Search Work Continues
  • June 5th: Superintendent Search Work Continues, Receive feedback from community forums & surveys
  • June 9th: Review search firm bids
  • June 12th: Possible start date to evaluate search firm
  • June 19th: Superintendent Search Work Continues
  • June 23rd: Evaluation Committee selects Search Firm
  • June 26th: Search Firm Approval
  • July 3rd: Interim begins, search continues
  • July 4th: receive apps
  • July 10th: Superintendent Search Work Continues
  • July 15th: Board Interviews top 5 Candidates
  • July 17th: Superintendent Search Work Continues
  • July 22nd: Meet/Greet Candidates
  • July 24th: Superintendent Search Work Continues
  • July 31st: Superintendent Search Work Continues
  • August 7th: Superintendent Search Work Continues
  • August 14th: Superintendent Search Work Continues
  • August 28th: Superintendent Search Work Continues; Aggregate Results/Tentatively Search Committee Review top candidates/Board deliberates