The firms quoted prices ranging around $40,000, plus expenses such as travel.
Board chairman Jason Esteves said the plan is to check the firms’ references and history with APS before potentially interviewing some or all of the consultants and voting to hire someone on Nov. 14.
Board members also want the chosen firm to agree to let the board offer a finder’s fee to any firm that recommends a candidate the board selects. The idea is that by dangling a financial incentive to all firms the board will attract a stronger pool of candidates.
At least one of the three search firms has worked with APS before.
The board hired Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to help with a superintendent search in 2011 but suspended that search and instead hired an interim superintendent after a massive cheating scandal.
Over the past few weeks, the board held four meetings to gather input from parents, employees and others about what they want in the next leader. A desire for a superintendent who has classroom and administrative experience emerged as one common theme.
While opinions varied on whether the person should be local, there was agreement at the community meetings that he or she should be able to navigate Atlanta politics, according to the facilitator who ran the meetings.
An online survey is being developed to give more people a chance to provide input about the search.