Milford: Search on for Feser’s replacement
The Milford Board of Education will soon be hiring an executive search firm to find a replacement for Elizabeth Feser, who announced earlier that she’ll be retiring at the end of July.
Officials announced last Tuesday that the board had agreed to look for an executive search firm in the coming weeks, and that the search will begin in earnest after that.
“It’s our every intention to have a superintendent on board by July 31st,” said Susan Glennon, school board chairwoman, on Tuesday. “If we don’t, we’ll have to appoint an acting or an interim superintendent. We’re at the very beginning of the process — we’ll know more when we get a search firm on board.”
The school board will soon issue an “RFP” or a request for proposals, to attract offers from prospective executive search firms, she said.
Candidates from both within the district and beyond will be considered by the board, Glennon said. All 10 members of the school board will serve on the search committee.
Feser (pronounced FEE-zer) has been at the helm of the school district since 2011, and by all accounts, she’s had a steady hand on the tiller. One of her more significant accomplishments was moving the district back to a “three school” configuration. In the old setup, a student would attend two elementary schools before reaching middle school, leaving parents exasperated, especially those with more than one child.
She also has had to deal with her share of tragedy, particularly the stabbing death of Maren Sanchez at Jonathan Law High School on April 25, 2014, no doubt the darkest day of her career.