The Superintendent Search is
progressing nicely. Focus groups were
held throughout the months of September and October with school administrators,
teachers, support staff, parents, community leaders, township supervisors, senior
citizens, high school students and the community at large. A total of 15 focus groups was conducted. A
candidate profile is being developed along with a set of interview questions
that center on the qualities and skills identified in the focus groups as being
necessary for the next superintendent.
Anyone who was unable to attend
one of the 15 focus groups but who would like to provide input to the School
Board on the characteristics of the next superintendent may do so by emailing
the answers to the following four questions to DASDSuptSearch@cciu.org:
- Identify the qualities of a superior school leader;
- Identify the strengths and skills essential for the next
superintendent to demonstrate;
- Identify key issues facing the district in the next five years that
the superintendent will need to address; and,
- Identify the obstacles to student achievement and the strategies
the next superintendent will need to employ to overcome those obstacles
Also, the Board is pleased
to report that district has received much interest in the position and with
almost two full months left before the application deadline has already
received over a dozen applications from highly qualified school administrators
from across the tristate area. After the application deadline of January 1, the
Board will determine which of the applicants best meet the needs of the
district. This process will include a
paper screening of applicants and screening interviews followed by a series of
in-depth interviews. The Board anticipates concluding the paper screening and
beginning first-round screening interviews by February.
The Board is extremely
appreciative of the staff and community’s input and support during this very
Superintendent Dr. Larry Mussoline
has announced his retirement at the end of the 2016-17 school year. The Board of Directors is very grateful to Dr. Mussoline for his
many years of service to the District and to education. Under his leadership, DASD continued its
quest for excellence and has become one of the top ranked school districts in
the state and in the nation.
The task of finding his successor is a daunting one, and the Board is grateful to Dr. Mussoline for providing us with ample notice. The Board is
pleased to announce that the search for the next superintendent of schools for Downingtown
Area School District is already underway.
- The Chester County Intermediate Unit
(CCIU) will be conducting the superintendent search. The CCIU also conducted the search
that brought Dr. Mussoline to the District in 2009.
- Integral to the process will be communication with district
- The Board will provide
timely updates on the search’s progress on the District’s website.
Board will seek information by conducting a series of stakeholder focus
groups in the fall. The dates for the focus groups are being scheduled for
September and October 2016; more details and invitations will follow as the
dates, times and locations become confirmed.
- From the focus groups, the Board
will develop a candidate profile and an array of interview questions that
center on the needs and challenges facing our district as identified by you,
The Board of School Directors hopes to have the search process
completed by the spring in order to have a superintendent who can assume his or
her responsibilities at Downingtown Area School District on July 1, 2017. Inquiries
regarding the search process should be directed to Dr. Joseph O’Brien at DASDSuptSearch@cciu.org.