CCSD News and Announcements
For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
December 20, 2010
Jay Dillon (770) 426-3345
Cobb County School Board Begins
Accepting Applications For Superintendent
The search for the next superintendent of Cobb County schools is now under way.
The Cobb County Board of Education is accepting applications from highly qualified candidates who hope to become the next
superintendent of the high-achieving school system in metro Atlanta. The position will open when current Superintendent Fred
Sanderson retires on June 30, 2011. Sanderson has served as “CEO” of the district, which has 114 schools, 107,000 students
and an operating budget of $820 million, since January 2006.
To assist with the process of receiving and reviewing applications, the Board of Education has enlisted the Georgia School
Boards Association (GSBA). Qualified candidates must apply through GSBA, which will accept applications through January 31, 2011.
Information about how to apply is available on the District Web site at
http://www.cobbk12.org/superintendent.aspx, or at the GSBA
web site at http://www.gsba.com/Services/SuptSearchServices.
“Hiring a superintendent is the most important responsibility a school board can undertake,” said Board Chairwoman Lynnda Eagle.
“It is critical that we find someone who has the right combination of educational experience, leadership skills and charisma to
implement our strategic plan and take our already outstanding school district to new levels of excellence.”
In December, the school board approved the job criteria, application and promotional materials after considering public input.
More than 2,300 school district stakeholders participated in a September 2010 online survey to identify the qualities of an ideal
candidate for superintendent. The District also conducted three focus groups comprised of parents, teachers, students and community
members that discussed the role of the superintendent and the leadership qualities ranked highest in the public survey. Results and
feedback were provided to the Board to help craft the job application and expectations.
The Board’s criteria for the position of superintendent include:
- Experience with developing budgets and use of both progressive and traditional thinking for identifying alternative revenue sources;
- Experience in large-district strategic goal-setting with a vision for ensuring success for all students;
- Experience that has revealed an extensive knowledge of teachers, administrators, and the educational system; and
- Experience that has shown that the candidate is passionate about children and public education.
The successful candidate must be an excellent communicator and capable of working with the State Department of Education and
legislators for the benefit of the school system. He or she must also be willing and capable of making unpopular decisions that
benefit children, after first listening to all points of view. It is mandatory that applicants possess or be eligible for the L-5
or higher level certification.
The Board will begin considering and interviewing applicants following the Jan. 31, 2011 deadline, once GSBA has reviewed all
applications and identified the strongest and most highly qualified candidates.