East Windsor school board hires consultant to lead search for superintendent

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In its effort to find a new superintendent of schools, the East Windsor Regional School District Board of Education has hired Ronald Bolandi to lead the search.

The board launched its search for a new superintendent following the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Richard Katz. His last day on the job will be Aug. 31.

Bolandi, who is an independent consultant, was chosen from among four search firms that were contacted and then interviewed during a closed session of the board at its Aug. 13 meeting.

Board members agreed to pay Bolandi up to $10,000 for his work. The board hopes to have a permanent superintendent in place within four to six months, but the time-frame may vary.

Bolandi is a former East Windsor Regional School District superintendent of schools. He retired in December 2009, having held the top administrative post since 2004.

Since his retirement, Bolandi has served as the interim superintendent in several school districts. He has also conducted several successful superintendent searches, including the one that led to the hiring of Katz in 2015.

The next step in the process is for Bolandi to work with the community and the board to develop a profile of the ideal candidate, and to establish a timeline and the parameters for the search. Those details are expected to be discussed and finalized at the board’s Aug. 27 meeting, which will be held in the Hightstown High School cafeteria at 7 p.m.