The fallout from the vote could impact Crew’s future with Medgar Evers College, his current employer, as well as who the district finally gets as its next leader.
"This is why superintendent searches need to be completely confidential until the board votes," said Joshua Starr, chief executive officer for PDK International, a nonprofit member-based group that provides resources for educators. "You lose some credibility if the people in your community know you're looking. It compromises your leadership."
Starr said oftentimes things come up in the selection process that may preclude a board from selecting a finalist for a fill-time job. He did not know, though, whether that was the case with Crew.
“Rudy’s gonna be Rudy,” he said. “Everybody who knows Rudy knows who he is and knows the kind of leadership he brings. You know what you’re getting yourself into. He’s a great educator. He’s a brilliant leader, but he comes with baggage. I’m sure the search firm did its due diligence.
“There’s nothing that (the board) wouldn’t have known.”