Hello SOAR families,

We hope you, your families and friends are all healthy and safe in these incredibly difficult times. We want to bring you an update on the Principal hiring process, introduce you to our three finalists, and ask for your feedback.

We’ve already completed these activities:
December 17: Community Focus Group
January 15: Staff Focus Group
January 16: Community Focus Group

February 6 – March 1: Principal role was advertised
82 applications were received from all over the country

March 2 – 6: Phone interviews 
The top 12 applicants were invited to phone interviews

March 16: Staff committee virtual candidate video feedback session 
A committee of staff virtually viewed videos submitted by 5 final candidates and gave feedback.

March 17-20: Board virtual interviews
The Board reviewed staff feedback on all candidates and conducted 2-hour long virtual interviews. Based on these interviews, the Board selected 3 candidates to move to the final phase of the interview process. The three finalists are:
•    Kate Bergles
•    Angelique Acevedo-Barron
•    Michael Roth

March 25: Board virtual follow up interviews
The Board conducted 1 hour long follow up interviews with the 3 candidates.

March 24-25: Virtual school tours
A number of staff submitted videos that were sent to the candidates explaining what a typical day/week looks like at SOAR, the physical space of the classrooms and building, the big ideas related to instruction and curriculum, and the challenges teachers face.

March 27: Leadership team member interviews
Leadership team members (Sonia and Christi) conducted interviews with the 3 finalist candidates and provide feedback for the Board.

March 27: All staff virtual town hall meeting
A virtual all-staff town hall meeting will be conducted this afternoon, Friday, March 27.

March 27: Virtual candidate videos
Candidates have created videos for staff and community members to view. Feedback in response to these videos will be collected from families and reviewed by the Board. We welcome your feedback until 5pm on Wednesday, April 1st.

April 10: Board meeting and principal decision making
The Board will make final decision about SOAR principal.

We are very grateful for your contribution to the selection of the next SOAR Principal.

Best,
SOAR Board of Directors
soar.board.of.directors@gmail.com