By Jonathan Phelps
---- — IPSWICH — The School Committee has launched its search for a new school leader, with the hope of making a hire by the beginning of May.
Superintendent Rick Korb announced in September that he will retire on June 30 after 15 years at the helm of Ipswich schools.
The committee has hired Future Management Systems of Beverly to oversee the search process, according to School Committee Chairman Hugh O’Flynn. The firm was also chosen by the Hamilton-Wenham School Committee to replace Raleigh Buchanan, who resigned less than one year into the job.
O’Flynn said the consultant will host eight forums in the coming months to find out what different groups within the school system are looking for in a superintendent. Those groups include teachers, principals, parents and the community at large, he said.
A superintendent search committee of 10 to 12 members is expected to be appointed by mid-January, he said. The School Committee is currently accepting applications for those interested in being on the committee.
O’Flynn said the search committee will be charged with presenting the School Committee with three finalists.
School Committee member Barry Hopping, a retired Newburyport middle school principal, will head the search committee.
“We want this to be a very open and transparent process, and we wanted everyone to have a say,” O’Flynn said.
As part of the search, the School Committee will review the goals for the district. The committee met twice this week to discuss what those goals might be, O’Flynn said.