The School Board of Intermediate District 917 is conducting a search for a new superintendent. The School Board is soliciting input from the community and staff to help in the search for the new superintendent. This survey is provided by the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA), who is assisting the School Board with the search. The information collected through the survey will help shape the hiring criteria and candidate interview questions. Please complete this survey by March 8, 2021, and thank you for your participation.

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* 1. Please select the title or role that best reflects the underlying basis or foundation for your responses. Use only one response.

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* 2. Read the list provided below. From this list, choose the top six areas of expertise you believe the next superintendent must possess. Leave the remaining choices blank.

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Budget and Finance
Business Partnerships
Collaborative Leadership
Contract Administration and Negotiations
Cultural Competence
Curriculum Development/Evaluation
Declining/Increasing Enrollment
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Fundraising/Grant Writing
Oversight Special Education
Personnel Management
Public Relations
School Facility Oversight
School Reform (i.e., strategic planning, etc.)
Student Testing Results and Achievement
Support Services
Technology

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* 3. Read the list provided below. From this list, choose the top six most important traits or skills the next superintendent must possess. Leave the remaining choices blank.

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A "people person" with proven abilities in human relations and communications
A visionary, creative thinker
Acts with honesty and in an ethical manner with the School Board, staff, and community
Delegates authority while maintaining accountability
Develops and directs an effective leadership team
Develops trust and works collaboratively with diverse groups of stakeholders
Effectively mediates and accommodates different perspectives; values teamwork
Experience in fundraising and/or grant writing
Experience in implementing educational priorities
Experience in managing transition
Experience in school district management practices
Experience in school finance
Familiar with state and federal education laws
Follows the School Board's chosen educational philosophy which reflects the community's values
Keeps up on changes in legislation and helps the School District engage the legislative process
Knowledge of and experience with equity leadership challenges and opportunities
Knowledge of and experience with negotiations and the collective bargaining process
Knowledge of and experience with special education needs and/or a diverse student body
Knowledge of technology and web-based education curricula
Maintains a good working relationship with the media
Possesses a strong academic background with experience in curriculum
Promotes business and community involvement in schools
Provides written, understandable administrative procedures that implement School Board policy
Understands the effects of poverty on student learning and achievement
Uses curriculum and other resources to improve test scores
Visible and accessible to the School Board, staff, students, parents, and community
Works cooperatively with the School Board; provides options and recommendations

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* 4. It is important that the next superintendent have previous experience as a superintendent:

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* 5. Read the list provided below. From this list, choose the top six personal characteristics you believe the next superintendent must have. Leave the remaining choices blank.

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Confident
Consistent
Creative
Effective Communicator
Empathetic
Enthusiastic
Flexible
Honest and Ethical
Inclusive
Influential
Intellectual
Personable
Problem Solver
Resourceful
Sense of Humor
Tenacious
Transparent
Please limit any additional comments to the space provided below:

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* 6. Additional comments:

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