Downingtown Area School District

Superintendent Search 

November's Update

The Superintendent Search is progressing nicely.  Focus groups were held throughout the months of September and October with school administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, community leaders, township supervisors, senior citizens, high school students and the community at large.  A total of 15 focus groups was conducted. A candidate profile is being developed along with a set of interview questions that center on the qualities and skills identified in the focus groups as being necessary for the next superintendent.

Anyone who was unable to attend one of the 15 focus groups but who would like to provide input to the School Board on the characteristics of the next superintendent may do so by emailing the answers to the following four questions to   

  1. Identify the qualities of a superior school leader;
  2. Identify the strengths and skills essential for the next superintendent to demonstrate;
  3. Identify key issues facing the district in the next five years that the superintendent will need to address; and,
  4. Identify the obstacles to student achievement and the strategies the next superintendent will need to employ to overcome those obstacles

Also, the Board is pleased to report that district has received much interest in the position and with almost two full months left before the application deadline has already received over a dozen applications from highly qualified school administrators from across the tristate area. After the application deadline of January 1, the Board will determine which of the applicants best meet the needs of the district.  This process will include a paper screening of applicants and screening interviews followed by a series of in-depth interviews. The Board anticipates concluding the paper screening and beginning first-round screening interviews by February.

The Board is extremely appreciative of the staff and community’s input and support during this very important process. 

 October Update 

Superintendent Dr. Larry Mussoline has announced his retirement at the end of the 2016-17 school year.  The Board of Directors is very grateful to Dr. Mussoline for his many years of service to the District and to education.  Under his leadership, DASD continued its quest for excellence and has become one of the top ranked school districts in the state and in the nation. 

The task of finding his successor is a daunting one, and the Board is grateful to Dr. Mussoline for providing us with ample notice. The Board is pleased to announce that the search for the next superintendent of schools for Downingtown Area School District is already underway. 
  • The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) will be conducting the superintendent search. The CCIU also conducted the search that brought Dr. Mussoline to the District in 2009. 
  • Integral to the process will be communication with district stakeholders. 
  • The Board will provide timely updates on the search’s progress on the District’s website. 
  • The Board will  seek information by conducting a series of stakeholder focus groups in the fall. The dates for the focus groups are being scheduled for September and October 2016; more details and invitations will follow as the dates, times and locations become confirmed.
  • From the focus groups, the Board will develop a candidate profile and an array of interview questions that center on the needs and challenges facing our district as identified by you, our stakeholders.
The Board of School Directors hopes to have the search process completed by the spring in order to have a superintendent who can assume his or her responsibilities at Downingtown Area School District on July 1, 2017.  Inquiries regarding the search process should be directed to Dr. Joseph O’Brien at

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