Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, an education consulting firm in Schaumburg, Illinois, has been selected to lead a national search for Loudoun County Public Schools’ next permanent superintendent, officials announced Wednesday.
“By way of background, HYA is one of the oldest and largest educational search firms in the nation, having assisted more than 1,400 school boards across the United States,” the announcement read.
The board hired HYA and will immediately begin working with the firm on the hiring process, which officials said will include such steps as planning, outreach and ultimately recruitment.
“Hiring the right leader for Loudoun County Public Schools is the most critical responsibility of the School Board,” board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District) said in a prepared statement. “The Board is confident that HYA has the experience and track record of success to identify and place a strong, long-term leader in charge of Loudoun County Public Schools.”
According to LCPS, the board and HYA are currently scheduling tentative virtual focus groups for next month, which will include school system staff, parents, students and other stakeholders in order to determine which leadership qualities the community finds most important in a superintendent.
An online survey with similar goals will also be distributed to the entire LCPS community next month.
HYA’s leadership includes Brad Draeger, Ann Monday and Ed McCormick, all three of whom have more than 35 years of experience in education and are former school board members or superintendents, according to officials.
More information on Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates is available at hyasearch.com.The search for a new superintendent follows the Jan. 6 exit of former LCPS Superintendent Eric Williams after more than six years of service.
Scott Ziegler currently serves as the school system’s interim superintendent.