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Board offers $10,000 finder’s fee in search for new Sylvanie Williams principal

Sylvanie Williams College Prep is on the prowl for a new principal – and if you know the right candidate, you could walk away with a cool $10,000.

The school, which is run by the four-school charter management organization New Orleans College Prep, announced Monday that principal Heidi Campbell will be stepping down from her post at the end of this school year. She’ll stay on with the organization as its development director, NOCP CEO Ben Kleban confirmed.

The organization is offering a $10,000 “finder’s fee” to anyone who recommends her successor, payable to the finder after the new principal has been successfully employed for 90 days.

It’s not the first time they’ve solicited help to find a leader for one of their schools. Almost two years ago, they offered $10,000 to help them find Cohen College Prep Middle School’s current principal, Noell Lugay.

Other charters also have solicited help to find their new leaders: most notably, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orleans, which got funding from the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools to hire a search firm to pick its next CEO.

The fee is intended to encourage folks to tap their networks and help NOCP find the best candidate for the job – and it’s also probably less than what the average search firm would charge, Kleban said.

The organization is funding the payout through privately raised dollars.

Kleban praised Campbell’s work Monday, noting that the school, formerly New Orleans College Prep Academy, jumped from an F school when she started to a C in state performance ratings for the 2012-2013 year.

“Now, we’re looking for someone who can continue that movement” and help bring the school to an A status, he said.

Campbell has been with the organization for five years, and was Sylvanie’s founding principal. Prior to NOCP, she was a founding principal at KIPP McDonogh 15 School for the Creative Arts.

Anyone with a candidate in mind should contact Ben Kleban at .

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About Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams stays on top of the city's loosely organized collection of public schools, with a special emphasis on charter schools. In 2011 she was recognized by the Press Club of New Orleans for her reporting on charter school transparency and governance. In 2012, she was part of a team that received a National Edward R. Murrow Award for their work following a New Orleans family's recovery after Hurricane Katrina. She graduated from Edna Karr Secondary School in Algiers, and she obtained her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. She can be reached at (504) 575-8191.

  • nickelndime

    $10,000 finder’s fee, NOCP, and Kleban (well, I guess they can meet behind closed doors and defy open meetings law if they want to): “The organization is funding the payout through privately raised dollars,” AND Kleban’s point is (it doesn’t make it right)?!! These State-favored Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) are awarded one charter school after another to run and throw money around like it is never going to run out. The OPSB central office is bloated, but how can Kleban keep a straight face and criticize that entity when he is doing the same kind of things. Kleban went through a glorified quickie internship with New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) and then he wrote his own charter and was approved by BESE (gee whiz). Thank you, Mr. Pastorek. You’ve left this state with a fine mess, and as long as these groups keep getting lots of public money, they want to maintain the status quo.