Nevada State Schools Superintendent Search Gets Under Way

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval and the state Board of Education have appointed their respective liaisons to the search effort for the next superintendent of public instruction.

Sandoval appointed Terri Janison, his director of community relations and a former president of the Clark County School Board.

The State Board of Education appointed board president Chris Wallace as its liaison. Board member Annie Wilson will serve as alternate.

Nevada State Board of Education President Chris Wallace

“I am pleased that we have been able to work together to begin the search process for the next superintendent of public instruction,” Sandoval said.  “I am confident this spirit of cooperation will continue as we move forward.”

To be qualified for the position of state superintendent, an individual must have attained the age of 21 years at the time of his or her appointment and hold a master’s degree in the field of education or school administration. Additionally, Sandoval is specifically seeking a candidate with classroom experience, a commitment to reform, experience with English language learners, and experience with large budgets and education funding formulas.

An application process and position description will be developed in the weeks ahead.

Current state Superintendent Keith Rheault’s contract runs through March 2013. He serves at the pleasure of the Board of Education.

Sandoval had made education reform as one of his priorities of the 2011 legislative session.

As part of a budget deal with legislative Democrats, Sandoval will get to appoint the state superintendent of public instruction. A newly constituted state board will also have members appointed by the governor and legislative leaders, as well as four members elected by the people of Nevada. The 1o current board members are all elected.