District spent $37,000 in search for superintendent

By Edie Grossfield

Rochester public schools’ search for a new superintendent cost $37,000, including consultants and other expenses.

On July 1, Romain Dallemand will start as the new superintendent of Rochester public schools. The search to find someone to take over for outgoing Superintendent Jerry Williams began last fall, when the school board hired a consulting firm.

The total cost does not include the cost of one airline ticket for one of the four finalists who traveled here for interviews. The district’s business services office has not yet received the bill for that airline ticket.


The last search for a superintendent, which culminated in the hiring of Mark Shellinger in 2003, was considerably less, about $11,800. At that time, the district managed the search on its own and didn’t hire a consultant.

In 1994, the school board spent about $34,500 on a search, which resulted in the hiring of Jack Noennig.

Here is a breakdown of the recent search costs:

• Paid to Omaha, Neb., consulting firm McPherson & Jacobson: $27,975, which includes a $17,500 consulting fee and $10,475 for consultants’ travel; advertising of the position; and other recruiting expenses.

• Reimbursed to school board members: $4,582, for travel expenses for visits to two finalists’ home districts on the East Coast.

• Interview expenses: $4,817 (missing one airline ticket), for finalists’ plane tickets, car travel, hotels and meals.

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