Community and Staff Input

Thank you for sharing your perspective regarding the qualities, experiences, and skills that you would like to see in the district's next superintendent.  Anonymous individual responses like yours will be combined with those from other stakeholders to provide important community input to the Board of Trustees as it seeks to identify the best candidate for the position. Responses that contain the names of individuals and/or foul language will be deleted. Consolidated results from all returned surveys will be reported publicly.

One important note: as you go through this survey, you will probably find that every trait and skill discussed is important to you at least to some extent. Your challenge is to help us prioritize between traits that are somewhat important for the next superintendent and those that are critically important—so try to use the full range of any scales we provide and reserve “top box” ratings for only the few items that in your mind rise above the rest.

To begin, we have just a few questions that will help us categorize your answers with other similar stakeholders in this process.

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* 1. If you are a resident, how long have you lived in the school district?

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* 2. How long have you worked for the school district?

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* 3. Which type(s) of stakeholder are you? Check ALL categories below that apply to you.

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* 4. In your view, what are the strengths of the district? Type your answer in the box below.

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* 5. From your perspective, what challenges do you think the school district will face over the next five years or so that could impact educational programs for the students? Type your answer in the box below.

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* 6. What is the minimum administrator experience level and district size served our next Superintendent should possess?

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* 7. Below is a list of positions that superintendent candidates may have held in the past. Which prior positions do you think would prove most valuable for the next superintendent? (You may check up to THREE positions below.)

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* 8. Listed below are specific areas of expertise that different superintendent candidates may possess. From your perspective, how much weight should the Board place on each area? Rate the importance of each area using the scale.

  Critically Important Above Average Importance Of Average Importance Below Average Importance Relatively Unimportant
Public Relations
Human Resource Management
Facilities Management
Contract Negotiations
Curriculum Development & Evaluation
Budget Development & Evaluation
Contract Administration

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* 9. Below are six different leadership style descriptions. Recognizing that a leader may employ all of these management styles in different situations and at different points in time, are there some that you think should be the dominant style for an effective superintendent? Read through the list and choose up to TWO management styles that you would like the next superintendent to employ most often .

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* 10. Listed below are specific experiences and skill areas that could be important when evaluating the superintendent candidates. From your perspective, how much weight should the Board place on each area? Rate the importance of each area using the scale.

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Maintain visibility and accessibility to students
Strong knowledge of curriculum research and deployment
Proven track record of active advocacy for public education
Exceedingly responsive (follows through and follows up)
Proven track record of raising student achievement
Experience with school bond/interest & sinking fund election and implementation efforts
Demonstrates a keen ability to think outside the box and develop creative solutions to complicated problems
Overarching love of kids
Maintain visibility and accessibility to the broader school district community
Exceptional written communication skills
Maintain visibility and accessibility to parents
Demonstrated responsiveness to students with learning differences
Strong knowledge and experience with school financial matters
Demonstrated ability to work with elected officials beyond the School Board
Maintain visibility and accessibility to staff
Adept at media and public relations
Fosters professional development of staff
Strong communication skills with School Board members
Excellent speaking skills with large and small groups
Successful experience working with diverse communities
Recognizes, values, and affirms staff members
Already familiar with the district

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* 11. Listed below are personal characteristics that different superintendent candidates could possess. From your perspective, how much weight should the Board place on each personality characteristic when assessing each candidate? Rate the importance of each using the scale.

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Sense of humor
Self-reliant
A strong communicator
Inclusive
Kind
Assertive
Flexible
A problem solver
Collaborative
Goal-oriented
Thick-skinned
Transparent
Firm
A risk taker
Sensitive
A strong listener
Visionary
Personable
Tenacious / Does not give up
Resourceful
Culturally competent
Empathetic
Honest and ethical
Approachable

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* 12. In choosing the next superintendent, which path or strategy below do you think the Board of Trustees should take? (Choose ONE answer.)

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* 13. Tell us why you chose your answer above. If you think the district should stay the course, what aspects of the district give you that confidence in its leadership? If you think the course of the district should change, what changes would you want the new superintendent to make and why?

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