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Community provides input on superintendent hiring process


A school board member and the elementary school principal hosted a community meeting to learn what local residents want from the incoming superintendent.

The community meeting was part of a comprehensive survey also given to district staff, which aims to assess the most common professional and personal traits desired in a superintendent as well as education issues the district faces.

School board member Cheryl File and principal Erica Kludt-Painter wrote down resident’s ideal qualities on a large poster board and after each category was filled out asked them to place stickers next to the values they thought were most important.

Resident Craig Evens said an “adversarial legislature” is an issue the district is facing. Sue Flanary and Bev Siercks said issues such as maintaining class offerings and sizes despite decreased funding is an important goal.

File said the community’s common issues will become part of a survey for superintendent applicants.

“We’re going to make those issues into questions and then rate him or her on each question we ask,” File said.

Applicant’s responses will be rated on a scale and then compared, in order of importance, to the responses of the community.

The school board will interview candidates and choose a replacement for Rob Thomason by the end of March.


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