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High School's Superintendent Search Launches Sunday

Newspaper advertisement to cast first net for next supintendent.

An advertisement set to appear in Sunday's Star-Ledger education section of the "help wanted" classified ads touts the 100-acre campus of Watchung Hills Regional High School, as well as its ranking in Newsweek magazine studies, and the number of national merit scholarship finalists and semi-finalists.

As well as "The Board of Education seeks an outstanding leader to continue to grow the extraordinary progress the district has made through the collaborative leadership of the present Superintendent, who shall retire after 12 years in the district."

And with that, the board can cross off the first step in its timeline to find a replacement for .  

The next steps will involve the school's stakeholders, with meetings planned for the week of March 4, to begin focusing the search on identifying the key strengths and skills the next superintendent should have.

In the meantime, the board's Personnel Committee is meeting with Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates' Bill Librera and Dwight Pfennig, the consultants hired by the board to assist with the search. 

"The public needs to know we're not here twiddling our thumbs," board member Sondra Fechtner, head of the Personnel Committee, said at Monday's board meeting as members discussed the timeline and ad.

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