The Escambia County School District is working with the Florida School Boards Association to conduct a search for a new Superintendent who will begin on Nov. 24, 2020. Mr. Malcolm Thomas, current Superintendent, will be retiring after 12 years as superintendent. At the General Election held on Nov. 6, 2018, Escambia County voters passed a referendum granting the School Board of Escambia County the authority to appoint the Superintendent of Schools.

In order to select a leader who understands the values and expectations of the Escambia County community and can continue the positive direction and momentum of the school district, your input in this process is important. Please rate the following Superintendent/leadership qualities listed below. You also have an opportunity to share written comments at the end of the survey. The School Board will review and use this data as they select a new Superintendent.

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Personal Leadership Qualities

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Inspires and builds trust and models high standards of integrity and ethics.
Brings people of different cultures together to achieve goals.
Leads with humility, caring, and servant-leader attitude.
Displays a positive outlook at work and in personal life.
Exhibits excitement, energy, happiness, and has a sense of humor.
Possesses the ability and willingness to make tough decisions that may not always be popular.
Holds self and others accountable.
Sets high expectations for self and the organization.
Highly organized strategic thinker.
Values achieving agreed upon goals.
Builds high-performing teams.
Builds trust and respect, and serves as a role model for staff, students and the community.
Leads with a vision, looks to the future, yet honors the past.
Thinks with innovation, creativity, and courage to engage others in seeking solutions to district challenges.

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Instructional Leadership

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Successfully led a district’s strategic plan or portion thereof, with identified measurable results and a focus on performance.
Improves student performance, especially in identifying, narrowing or closing the gaps in student achievement.
Knowledge of current educational issues, trends, and research and effectively led a district through the rapidly changing state and federal landscape.
Analyzes and uses data for decision-making to review or improve actions, plans, processes, and systems.
Values and fosters the school-to-work/business relationships with community partners.
Committed to life-long learning and personal professional development by engaging in regional, state and national educational opportunities.
Possesses multiple educational experiences.
Experience leading an organization with diverse cultures.
Commitment to all children and willing to visit classrooms and participate in student activities.
Understands the value and benefits of early childhood education.

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Business and Finance

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Demonstrates fiscal responsibility and a strong business and financial background.
Understands the Florida Educational Finance System.
Establishes positive staff morale through flexibility, support, and recognition of groups and individuals working toward district improvement.
Leads and monitors staff in a large organization.
Uses sound fiscal practices to maximize the resources of the district.
Uses technology to ensure its use and impact on district systems, teaching and learning.
Articulates a clear vision for the use of technology in the future.
Successful innovator.

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Board, Staff and Community Relationships

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Meets with individuals and diverse community groups comfortably.
Demonstrates good listening skills and gathers information to make thoughtful, timely decisions.
Positively advocates for the district by building successful relationships with all stakeholder groups, including the media.
Leads with honesty and charisma.
Willing to work with governmental, educational and business leaders to enhance educational opportunities and economic development.
Leads in both education and the wider community.
Views the School Board as a partner in meeting the goals of the district and strives to develop a positive and strong working relationship that is centered on two-way communication.
Is available to the Board, and approachable to internal and external stakeholders.
Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills.
Experience in leading and supporting tax initiatives.
Familiarity with Escambia county schools and community.

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* What do you consider two or three strengths of the school district?

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* What do you consider to be two or three most important challenges or issues facing the school district?

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* Please check all the stakeholder groups that you represent:

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* In what ZIP code is your home located? (enter 5-digit ZIP code; for example, 00544 or 94305)

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