The search is underway for a new superintendent for the New Castle Area School District.
School board chairman Gary Schooley said the district engaged the services of Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV to conduct the research on its behalf, at no cost to the district.
The search for a new chief was launched after current superintendent Debbie DeBlasio submitted a letter last month announcing her retirement, effective June 30. She is leaving a year before her five-year contract with the district expires.
Searching involves advertising jobs, receiving applications and screening them to ensure those chosen for interviews meet job qualifications, Schooley said.
The deadline for submitting applications to the Intermediate Unit is May 23.
And while the wheels are already in motion for the process through the Interim Unit, the board expects to take formal steps to confirm that decision at its regular public meeting at 6.30pm on Monday.
“We’re trying to find the best fit for the district,” Schooley said, adding that school board members will interview candidates recommended by IU-IV.
Last month, the board listened to presentations from Intermediate Unit IV and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association on how to seek a new superintendent.
Schooley said the district is looking for outside hiring help to attract candidates from a broader spectrum, who may have more diverse ideas about the district’s future.
DeBlasio has held the position for four years and is the first woman to serve as superintendent in the district. It has been affiliated with the school district for nearly 40 years.