Superintendent Search

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Superintendent Search Process Updates

  • As trustees for the community's schools, the Kent School Board of Directors is responsible and accountable for vision, structure, advocacy, and accountability. This includes hiring and evaluating the superintendent.

    The superintendent search process is a multi-month process, and the COVID-19 pandemic does impact the ability of the school board to hold meetings in person in the same way that superintendent searches have been done in the past. Below are updates on the superintendent search. To the right is the timeline of the process the board has negotiated with the executive search firm with the ultimate goal of selecting a new superintendent by the end of April 2022 who will start on July 1, 2022. 

Superintendent Search Updates

  • April 20 - Mr. Israel Vela Named Next Superintendent

  • April 4, 5 and 7 - Finalist Interviews

  • March 30 - McPherson and Jacobson Present Semifinalists to Board

  • March 9 - McPherson and Jacobson Present Stakeholder Input to Board

  • January 29, 2022 - Kent School Board met with the McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C.

  • January 12, 2022 - Kent School Board discussed and authorized the execution of the McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C. consulting contract

  • December 7, 2021 - Kent School Board unanimously approved the selection of McPherson and Jacobson, LLC

  • October 27, 2021 - Kent School Board unanimously approved the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP)

  • September 22, 2021 - Kent School Board unanimously voted to select Mr. Israel Vela as KSD's Interim Superintendent

  • September 9, 2021 - Extend the current contract for Mr. Israel Vela as the Interim Superintendent

  • August 11, 2021 - Options for hiring a long-term Interim Superintendent

  • July 29, 2021 - Unanimous Interim Superintendent Selection, Israel Vela

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is conducting the superintendent search?

  • When will the new superintendent be hired?


  • Executive Search Firm

    McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C.
    11725 Arbor Street, Suite 220
    Omaha, Nebraska 68144


Search Timeline

  • January 29, 2022

    Board Work Session to prepare the posting of the position, discuss characteristics and qualities, compensation parameters, and finalize a timeline. 

    February 2, 2022         

    The search firm will post the KSD Superintendent position and begin accepting applications. 

    February 14-18, 2022   

    The search firm will hold virtual stakeholder meetings, post an online survey, and open a Thoughtexchange through the district to seek community input on the next KSD Superintendent. 

    February 16, 2022       

    Board Work Session with the search firm to finalize the interview process and interview questions. 

    March 9, 2022             

    McPherson and Jacobson will present the stakeholder input report at the regular board meeting. 

    March 16, 2022           

    Deadline for applications for the superintendent position.

    March 30, 2022           

    Board will review semi-finalist interviews in the Executive session, and select up to three finalists. 

    April 4 - 8, 2022           

    Finalist interviews, candidates are named publicly prior to April 4. Each finalist will spend a day touring schools, meeting with stakeholder groups, and engaging in an online forum. Links will be posted here.

    Late April 2022             

    The Board will announce the appointment of the new superintendent publicly and begin contract negotiations. 

    July 1, 2022                 

    Superintendent’s first day.           


    These dates are subject to change as the search process continues.

Last Modified on April 20, 2022