OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha Public Schools board has given itself a March deadline to hire a new superintendent.

The board voted Monday to approve a 10-page request for a proposal that will guide search firms in submitting their bids, according to the Omaha World-Herald ( ). Bids are to be submitted by Nov. 2.

The request for a proposal included a tentative timeline for the search and the preferred qualifications in a search firm. Search firms should have experience in fielding candidates for high-poverty and urban school districts, as well as show their candidates’ record of working on strategic plans and improving student achievement among both white and minority students.

“This is an aggressive timeline,” board secretary Matt Ray said.

Superintendent Mark Evans is retiring at the end of this school year. He was hired in 2013.

The board hopes to hire someone by March so the incoming superintendent can work with Evans on a transition plan before he steps down.

“Probably the most important thing the board of education does is hire a superintendent and supervise that superintendent,” board president Lou Ann Goding said. “Fifty-two thousand kids and lots and lots of staff are depending on us.”

The board plans to have a job description written by December, have the search firm screening candidates by January and start interviewing by February. A subcommittee will lead the search through the end of the year.

Information from: Omaha World-Herald,

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