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Hampton School Board hires firm to start superintendent search

| Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, 12:06 p.m.
John Hoover
John Hoover

Hampton Township School Board is beginning its search for a new superintendent to replace John Hoover after he retires.

The board approved the hire of Templeton Advantage to conduct the superintendent search at a cost of $13,500 with expenses not to exceed $1,000. Hoover, who is paid $173,000 per year, plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Templeton Advantage is overseen by executive search consultant Tom Templeton. His business is based near Harrisburg.

“We chose Templeton Advantage because of Mr. Templeton's reputation as a search consultant, and the board's collaboration with him during the previous search that brought Dr. Hoover to the district,” said school board President Bryant Wesley.

Templeton said he has been conducting executive searches for 12 years throughout the state; 10 years for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and two years with Templeton Advantage. He has been involved with more than 100 searches in that time, he said.

He's helped Allegheny County schools Pine-Richland, Fox Chapel Area, Avonworth, South Fayette and Allegheny Valley, he said.

He also has been involved in the search for executive director for the Allegheny County Intermediate Unit.

“You enter into an executive search to really raise the standard and to create a process whereby the best possible candidate is able to secure the position,” Templeton said.

Hoover has been with the Hampton Township district for almost 10 years. Previously, he was assistant superintendent at the Peters Township School District for four years.

“As a board, we understand our obligation to conduct a thorough and responsible search on behalf of the Hampton community,” Wesley said. “Dr. Hoover has established an exceptional leadership culture throughout the district, and we are looking for the next leader with the skills to advance that legacy.”

Templeton uses a three-pronged approach in his searches. Promote the position aggressively, recruit candidates and create a process by which candidates feel comfortable applying and going through the entire interview protocol, he said.

The search process should take about four months, Templeton said, from promoting the position, recruiting candidates to the final selection and appointment. The goal is to find a new district leader by the time Hoover leaves.

“That assumes everything is running on all cylinders, weather is cooperating… all of those logistical measures are moving along smoothly, which they usually do,” Templeton said.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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