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Superintendent Search

The Norwin School District is in the process of searching for a superintendent. As our vision states, the district believes in leading educational excellence, engaging our community, achieving students’ potential, developing responsible citizens, and sharing district success. The district looks forward to identifying a leader for the school district who will lead with our vision, apply our mission statement, and strive for excellence.
Please visit this site periodically for detailed updates on the process.
Superintendent Search Update 
The application period for the Norwin School District Superintendent Search has closed, and the next step will be to discuss interview protocols and procedures and analyze the educational and employment credentials of each candidate who applied. 
With guidance from Templeton Advantage, the Norwin Board of School Directors will be developing interview questions that will include topics that surfaced from the focus group discussions as well as other leadership topics that are crucial to successfully leading today’s school districts. As the process moves forward, it is important to note that we will be doing much more than simply finding the district’s next superintendent. After appointing the next leader of Norwin, the board will continue working with our consultant on a series of initiatives that will be critical to sustaining high-impact leadership from the office of the superintendent. These efforts will require intentional, ongoing planning efforts, which will be outlined in future reports to the community. For now, JOB #1 is to find the best possible leader for Norwin.
Norwin SD (5,300 students; 7 buildings; $85.8 million budget; Westmoreland County) is looking for its next Superintendent. Located 20 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, Norwin enjoys statewide recognition for student achievement (US News Best High School Ranking) and is positioned well among other high-performing districts in western Pennsylvania. The district seeks an ethical, dynamic individual with the ability to:   
  • Expect educational excellence through a multi-year record of improving academic performance, instructional leadership, and classroom teaching;  
  • Engage our community and enhance educational partnerships by being invested in the life of the community and connecting with diverse audiences;  
  • Cultivate curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in school leaders and staff in order to impact the educational experience of all students;  
  • Oversee the implementation of the budget through the business office, to include an understanding of school funding, contracts, and programmatic investments;  
  • Focus on the future through an awareness of significant societal and educational trends that impact comprehensive, values-driven planning;
  • Clear, consistent, and transparent communication skills that keeps all stakeholders well informed of district issues;  
  • Create a community of learners through the growth and mentoring of personnel; and the development and implementation of accountability systems;
  • Invest in innovation through data-driven, research-based practices that will create and expand opportunities for students and that encourages student agency and ownership.  
  • Promote a positive school climate and safe environment that ensures the physical, social and emotional well-being of students and staff;  
  • Nurture the health and well-being of students and relationships by embracing the core values of dignity and respect for all; and,
  • Build trust with the board of school directors and the leadership team through competent leadership, policy implementation, transparent communication; and driving impactful discussions and planning.    

Norwin is among the most impressive public education settings in Pennsylvania. From the aesthetics of the campus to the expansive academic offerings, exceptional athletics, a vibrant educational foundation, dedicated students and supportive community, Norwin presents an enriching school climate for students.  
 Below are key steps in the process over the next 30 days. 
  • THROUGHOUT MARCH: Recruiting, Advertising, and Promotional Efforts -- The superintendent position will continue to be promoted within and outside Pennsylvania, along with direct recruiting efforts to invite individuals to consider the position. Individuals who have an interest in exploring this opportunity are invited to contact the search consultant, Mr. Tom Templeton, with TEMPLETON Advantage, LLC at [email protected] or call him at (717) 636-3238 for more details.

  • MARCH 14: Focus Group Discussions -- This will be the first of two stakeholder meeting sessions, and will provide an opportunity for staff members throughout the district to discuss the challenges, issues, and needs facing the Norwin School District, and to explore the strategic competencies and leadership qualities needed in the next superintendent to successfully lead the district into the future.

  • TBD: Second Focus Group Discussions -- We will be having a second round of discussions with stakeholders, to include the community as well.  Also part of our data collection process will be a survey that will be distributed in the very near future. More details on the survey (and the second focus group sessions) coming soon!

  • APRIL 2: Deadline to be assured consideration -- Candidates who wish to be considered for the position are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter to Mr. Templeton by April 2nd, and begin the process of establishing their candidacy. Mr. Templeton also welcomes the opportunity to answer questions and discuss other issues related to the search process, leadership succession, and the Norwin School District.  
As the search evolves, additional updates will be provided.  Thanks to everyone for their interest and anticipated involvement in this process!