School Board Eyes July Start for Next Superintendent

The Loudoun School Board on Thursday was briefed on the details of the nationwide search for the division’s next superintendent. Under the plan, the next school leader is expected to be in place by July 1. 

The board hired Hazard, Young Attea & Associates to lead the recruitment effort. 

The three-member search team will be led by Brad Draeger. The former high school band leader served as chief academic officer, deputy superintendent and even a stint as interim superintendent with Fairfax County Public Schools, and retired in 2012 after serving as superintendent for Livingston (NJ) Public Schools.

Perhaps more importantly, he told the school board that he is a Leesburg resident with two grandchildren attending public school in Loudoun. “That’s my main interest in making sure we get a good superintendent for Loudoun County,” he said. 

Since joining HYA, Draeger said he has been involved with 70 recruitment efforts for superintendents and top-level administrators. He was a member of the team that conducted the search that resulted in the hiring of Eric Williams for Loudoun’s top job six years ago.

Williams resigned in January to take a position leading a Houston, TX-area school division. 

Under the proposal, anyone in Loudoun who wants a say in the process—or even to suggest a candidate—will have the opportunity to do so. The team plans a series of focus groups targeting a wide range of community and interest groups. As early as next week, all members of the public will be able to share their views in an online survey.

Initially, the outreach will focus on three key questions: What makes Loudoun great? What are the challenges schools will face over the next 3 to 5 years? And what are the characteristics needed for the superintendent?

By the end of February, the consultants plan to present the board with a leadership profile that will be used to measure candidate qualifications. After the search team reviews the pool of applicants, the first round of interviews is expected to begin early in May. Before the end of that month, the finalist should be selected.  

Draeger predicted the board may face a tough choice at the end. 

“My feeling is that Loudoun is going to attract the highest quality of candidates possible,” he said.

6 thoughts on “School Board Eyes July Start for Next Superintendent

  • 2021-01-29 at 5:27 pm

    “He was a member of the team that conducted the search that resulted in the hiring of Eric Williams for Loudoun’s top job six years ago.”

    Unbelievable! This guy did such a bang up job last go around, let”s hire him again? Can’t make this up.

    This is the clearest view of the absolute scam that is “school administration.” The school board is completely disconnected in any sense of the real needs facing Loudoun families right here, right now.

    Pile this on to the creepy “stop being mean to us while we ruin your kids mental health for years” email this morning, and you see the system push back: They think parents are the problem, and they don’t care about kids in the slightest — It’s all about them.

    Pick a Loudoun teacher’s name at random from a hat — we’d be better off.

  • 2021-01-29 at 5:35 pm

    Leave the position unfilled! Why spend more on a crappy product.

  • 2021-01-29 at 6:10 pm

    The school board and administration is broken. All the local private schools have in person learning and the current board and administration cannot figure out how to open the schools. It is time to hire a business person and instead of an administrator to run the schools and their pay should be a salary of $50,000.00 and bonuses paid if and when they achieve the objectives.

  • 2021-01-29 at 7:57 pm

    Is this a Twilight Zone episode?

    Draeger delivered Eric Williams to Loudoun County and now we are asking him to find another candidate? We should get our money back for the Williams fiasco and now Draeger is getting paid to do it again?


    Don’t we all know how this horror story ends?

    The Clown Show continues and Loudoun school kids suffer.

  • 2021-01-30 at 5:55 pm

    If we thought Williams or Ziegler were bad, LCSB is here to show us it can ALWAYS get worse with this hiring of Draeger. I understand Draeger told a board member an outside firm is useful because the public may not trust the school board. Let’s be perfectly clear. We do NOT trust Draeger (proven incompetence), Sheridan (is there a bigger joke), or ANY of the administrators. They lie with impunity.

    We really should run a full page ad in Sacremento begging Michelle Rhee to come at any cost. Or at least let the guy who couldn’t stand this criminal cartel for more than 18 months and just resigned in the middle of the year (Rob Doolittle) run it totally independent of the SB.

    The clowns literally wrote Williams’ contract to “promote the school board”. Not the students, not the community or even the schools. They contracted Williams to promote the emperors with no clothes. It is time for the BOS to step in and cut all funding to LCPS.

  • 2021-01-31 at 1:58 pm

    Michelle Rhee: I second the motion. Remember that gutsy woman when she was the superintendent of DC school?

    No, that’s ok, please don’t co-pay me $50,000! I believe in 100% volunteerism when it comes to precious kids– they are so cute but so distressed.

    As for LCSB/LCPS: no cowards and liars in the eternal city of God and His Son Jesus Christ–they will be thrown into the lake of fire and burning sulfur. Revelation 21:8 (Biblehub)

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