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A collaborative service of DiRocco Education Consulting and Connie R. Kindler Educational Consulting

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Littlestown Area School District Superintendent Opening

LITTLESTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEKING SUPERINTENDENT!

The Board of Directors is looking for a superintendent who is

committed to student achievement and well-being,

demonstrates unquestionable integrity and transparency,

communicates and builds relationships,

and has the courage to make difficult decisions and address difficult situations.


To learn more about the opening or request an application in strict confidence, please contact the Keystone Superintendent Search Service Consultants, Dr. Mark DiRocco at mark@diroccoedconsulting.com or 570-713-9159, or Connie Kindler at ckindler@comcast.net or 717-215-4075.

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT AND SUPERINTENDENT PROFILE

 

Littlestown Area School District (LASD) is a small, rural public school district located in southeastern Adams County.  The district encompasses approximately fifty square miles and serves Littlestown, Union Township, Germany Township, a southern portion of Mount Pleasant Township and the eastern portion of Mount Joy Township and Bonneauville Borough.  

 

The District enrolls 1,836 students, with a minority enrollment of 10% and economically disadvantaged of 25.8 %.  Its elementary, middle, and high schools are all within walking distance of each other on the east side of Littlestown.  Additional LASD information is available via the website https://www.lasd.k12.pa.us/page/district.

 

A survey recently completed by LASD professional, support, and administrative staff, and parents/guardians, and residents without children in the schools, overwhelmingly highlighted the District’s support for students’ learning and wellbeing, and community pride.  They also value the staff’s work ethic; the District’s array of academic and vocational pathways and extracurricular activities; and their small, connected campus.

 

Imperative to the LASD Board of School Directors’ selection is a leader who has the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to collaborate with the School Board, staff, and community to build upon these strengths, maintain a strong vision for students’ learning and wellbeing, and move the District forward.

 

The Board of School Directors is offering a multiyear contract that features a regionally competitive compensation package with an estimated salary of $160,000, with additional consideration of superintendent experience, exceptional credentials, and achievements. Candidates must meet the legal requirements to be certified as a superintendent in Pennsylvania. 

 

The window for applications opens on April 2, 2024, and the review process will begin shortly thereafter.  Applications close at noon on May 1, 2024.  To request an application in strict confidence, please contact the Keystone Superintendent Search Service Consultants, Dr. Mark DiRocco at mark@diroccoedconsulting.com or 570-713-9159, or Connie Kindler at ckindler@comcast.net or 717-215-4075. 


The Littlestown Area School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 


Quotes from School Board Members upon the successful completion of their recent Superintendent Search:

"One thing I promise you won't get with other search firms is the breadth of experience and professional connections found with Mark and Connie." Lower Dauphin School Board Member.

"We never expected to have 19 high quality candidates applying for the position, and that was possible because of your network." Lower Dauphin School Board Member.

"Through the whole process, Mark and Connie kept us informed, listened to us - they really listened to us and that gave us a great level of comfort."  Lower Dauphin School Board Member

"I can honestly say that your firm did all we asked of you as consultants, and believe that you confidently guided our search process which ultimately helped us locate our new superintendent." Keystone Central School Board Member

A Superintendent Search Service 

Customized for Your District


Who we are.  As former school district superintendents, and leaders of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, we believe we are in a unique position to assist Pennsylvania School Boards with their most important responsibility, the selection of their Superintendent of Schools.We are familiar with Pennsylvania School Districts, have trained hundreds of current and aspiring superintendents, and conducted numerous sessions on effective school board governanceWe have contacts with hundreds of school leaders across the state and nation that will result in a quality pool of candidates for the search process.

What we deliver.  We lead a comprehensive search process that prioritizes your school board’s identification of a superintendent who best matches your school district’s values, needs, and goals.  We provide a search and transition process that assists your identification of the candidate who is the best fit for your district and assimilates well as the tenth member of the School Board. The goal of our service is to not only find the right superintendent for your district, but also provide ongoing support to set the groundwork for a long and productive tenure for the superintendent in leading your schools.

 

Support after the search. We will provide transition support to the school board and superintendent for one full year as part of our contracted agreement.  To promote a positive school board-superintendent relationship, we offer a “Team of 10” session shortly after the new superintendent is on board and provide ongoing mentoring support for the new superintendent for one full year including scheduled meetings and 24/7 access to us as needed.  


 About the consultants:


Dr. Mark DiRocco, served 14 years as Superintendent of the Lewisburg Area School District, was the 2016 PA Superintendent of the Year, and was the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) for 6 years serving more than 900 superintendents, assistant superintendents, and intermediate unit directors.  Throughout the pandemic many school leaders called Mark their lifeline.

 

Connie R. Kindler served 8 years as Superintendent of Camp Hill School District and was the former PASA Consultant for Professional Development for 6 years.  She designed and facilitated workshops, conferences, webinars, and coaching and mentoring services to meet the changing needs of school leaders across the state.  

 

You can read more about Mark and Connie on the "About the Search Consultants" page. Please contact us for a free consultation or to complete your RFP:

 

Mark DiRocco, Ph.D. Connie R. Kindler, M.Ed.

mark@diroccoedconsulting.com ckindler@comcast.net

570-713-9159 717-215-4075


Keystone Superintendent Search Service

Services and Fees

Effective January 1, 2024

 

Pre-Search:  School Board presentation (free)

 

Consultants’ Executive Search Services:

Planning Meeting: Facilitation of planning meeting with School Board to customize search process to District’s needs and preferences.

Phase 1: Engagement of stakeholders in the development of the “School District and Superintendent Profile”.

Phase 2: Identification of a pool of viable candidates via widespread recruitment.  

Phase 3: Assistance with the development and facilitation of a comprehensive first round interview process. 

Phase 4: Assistance with the development and facilitation of a high quality final interview and selection of finalist process. 

Phase 5:  Onboarding support for the Superintendent for one year from his/her election.

Throughout Search: Confidentiality, coordination of meetings, communications with applicants and School Board, and website postings.

 

Executive Search Fee: 

10% - 12% of current superintendent’s salary plus reimbursement for travel, lodging (if needed), and advertising.

 

Added Stakeholder Engagement Options (additional fees):

Facilitation of additional Stakeholder Input into development of Superintendent Leadership Profile

Facilitation of Stakeholder Input Into Board’s Selection of the Finalist(s)


To see a more detailed description of each search phase, please click here.