The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday to receive an update from consultants hired to lead the search for the district’s next superintendent.

Representatives from Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates will attend the meeting, which starts at 1:30 p.m., and provide an overview of what qualities community members have said they want to see in the next superintendent.

The firm, hired at a cost of about $52,500, recently held a series of meetings to gather feedback from community members. There is also an online survey for people to submit comments.

A slate of candidates is expected to be presented to the school board in early January.

Monifa McKnight, who is serving as interim superintendent through the end of the school year, has said she plans to apply for the permanent position.

Over the past 30 years, since 1991, MCPS has had four superintendents, not including those who were interim replacements. Before Jack Smith, Joshua Starr served for four years, Jerry Weast for 12 years and Paul Vance for eight years.


MCPS has used the same search firm for its past four superintendent searches.

Also on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting are decisions about proposed boundary changes in the Bethesda and Gaithersburg areas, budget priorities, and the MCPS capital improvement program, which sets the schedule for construction projects across the district.

The meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.