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Alma Advisory Group is leading the search for the next superintendent in Lawrence Public Schools. Alma is a national executive search firm that is woman and minority-led. The organization utilizes a community-centered, transparent, inclusive, and equity-focused approach to finding talented leaders for school systems. Alma will facilitate a planning process with the board to conduct this search and lead focus groups and stakeholder meetings to enable authentic engagement in determining the right candidate profile for the next leader of Lawrence Public Schools.

Superintendent Search Timeline

Dec - Feb


Stakeholder Input

Stakeholder input helps inform recruitment and screening

Network outreach to begin to identify potential candidates

Feb - Mar


Community Report, Recruitment Begins

Profile finalized and posted

Recruitment and Screening begins



Semi-Finalist or Finalist Round

Interviews are performance- and competency-based

Finalist round includes opportunities to fully engage with the LAE Members and community stakeholders

Apr - May


Accepted Offer, Finalize Induction Plans

Once candidate is selected, LAE plans for transition and induction of the incoming Superintendent

Participate in the Finalists Round!

The Lawrence Alliance for Education (LAE) and Alma Advisory Group are seeking continued stakeholder participation and feedback in the finalist round of the LPS superintendent search.

There are two key ways to participate:

  1. Nominate yourself or someone else to participate as an interviewer on one of the five interview panels. Participants will be selected through the nomination and random lottery process to ensure equity and diversity on each panel.

  2. Submit questions to be considered and asked by one of the interview panels.

See the Invitation from the LAE to Participate in the Finalists Interview Process

Message from Lawrence Alliance for Education

Letters from the Lawrence Alliance for Education involving the Superintendent Search.

Community Engagement Results

Community Feedback Summary

Watch Alma present the findings of its Superintendent Search Community Engagement process in the video below.

Virtual Community Focus Groups

The Alma team will be facilitating two virtual focus groups – one morning session and one evening session – for all LPS families and community members next week.

Community Focus Groups
DateTimeZoom Meeting Link
Tuesday, January 23, 2024 8:30 am Tuesday Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, January 24, 2024 6:00 pm Wednesday Zoom Meeting

Community Gatherings
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 6:00 - 8:00 pm Parthum Elementary School
Thursday, January 18, 2024 6:00 - 8:00 pm South Lawrence East Elementary School


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Central Office

237 Essex Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone 978-975-5900 Fax 978-722-8544


Family Resource Center

237 Essex Street. 4th Floor, Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone 978-975-5900 Fax 978-722-8551