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

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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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