PROACT Search will lead the "let's try this again" search for a superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, and the firm's recent work for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was a selling point, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
The first time around, Omaha chose Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates over PROACT.
"That search led to the hiring of Nancy Sebring, then superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools. She resigned from the Omaha job last month after sexually explicit emails that she sent from her work account became public," reporter Jonathan Braden writes. (Read a previous post about the explicit emails here.)
Meanwhile, PROACT helped the CMS board hire Heath Morrison, the reigning national superintendent of the year, from Reno, Nev. CEO Gary Solomon was quoted as calling that placement "a tremendous success."
Solomon told the World-Herald his firm puts applicants through "an extensive reference and background process," though the article didn't address whether PROACT reviews emails that are public record. Sebring was tripped up when newspapers in Omaha and Des Moines requested her emails related to the job change, which also contained extensive references to her affair with a married man.
On another topic, I'm curious what people are thinking and hearing about Morrison's new appointments.
Barnes comes with an impressive background, including two degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and work with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. The bio provided by CMS says he devised an index to measure school performance and led the district's strategy to reform struggling schools. (Read the CMS bios of Morrison's management team here.)
I couldn't find details at the Boston website, but did find the superintendent's "Acceleration Agenda," which lays out the vision for data use and school reforms. It called for Boston to launch school progress reports in fall 2010; here's an example of one. Barnes is in the midst of a big transition, but I hope to catch up to him soon to learn more.