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Wayland Union Schools Superintendent Selection Criteria

PDF DocumentFirst Round Interview Selections

The Wayland Union School Board has selected five candidates for their first round interviews. 

The interviews will take place on Saturday, June 6, starting at 10:00 a.m.  We are uncertain as to how the interviews will be conducted at this time pending what happens when the current Stay at Home order expires.  The board intends to have a plan in place by June 1 (virtual versus in person and location).  We will communicate this information as soon as possible after that.


The Wayland Union School District is seeking a strong, collaborative leader to work with the board, staff, and community to create a successful educational experience for all students. The Board of Education has identified the following criteria for selecting its next superintendent:


  • Possesses a strong background in K-12 education, administration, curriculum, and instruction
  • Record of success in past positions including improving achievement for all students
  • Proven experience with finance and effective budget management
  • Demonstrates a collaborative leadership style
  • Implements professional development and identifies and cultivates leadership opportunities for staff
  • Uses data driven strategies in decision-making processes and curriculum development
  • Actively engages and responds to community
  • Excels in instructional leadership for students with different abilities and interests
  • Is an ambassador for public education at the local, county, and state levels


  • Proven experience with strategic planning with all stakeholders and the ability to inspire others toward the shared district vision
  • Can identify and prioritize both short-term and long-term goals
  • Identifies emerging trends, anticipates their impact, and develops strategies to address them
  • Progressive with technology and able to integrate as appropriate into the learning process and operational systems


  • Effectively oversees budget and finances
  • Is a collaborative decision-maker and follows through on implementation
  • Explains district decisions and provides timely feedback to stakeholders
  • Supports and defends districts decisions
  • Respects, values, recognizes, and supports all staff members
  • Efficient and effective management of operations and facilities
  • Successfully collaborates with staff, including labor relations and negotiations
  • Skilled in conflict resolution
  • Develops and empowers the leadership team and school improvement teams of the district


  • Is honest, ethical, and transparent
  • Must build trust in the school district and community
  • Is an effective listener and communicator
  • Is engaging, visible, approachable, and accessible to staff, students and community
  • Uses common sense, treats others with empathy and respect
  • Displays strong leadership skills that builds support with staff and community
  • Will become part of the community and lead by example

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