The Superintendent Search Committee held several focus group sessions to ascertain the attributes and qualities necessary for the next superintendent of our district. The following contains those attributes and qualities the Student Focus Group found to be the most important. Unfortunately, the audio recording of this group’s session was ended before each student presented a summation of their thoughts.
The Student Focus Group was led by Sophie Gallivin, President of the Student Leadership Conference and Student School Board Representative.
Students want a superintendent who is well known within the community, someone who will connect with students, visit schools to see how to make them better, someone who is open minded, will take ideas from the public and is not afraid to take charge.
Students want someone who is honest, and can make themselves available to student questions and opinions on decisions about what is most important in their schools. They want someone who will take notice of their voice and who is willing to spend quality time in the classroom sitting down with and listening to them.
Students want a superintendent who will share information about the process with the public before decisions are made and will make decisions based on relevant data.
Students want a superintendent who can guide teachers and administrators, who is positive, very serious about their job and loves doing it. They want a member of the community not someone who wants to run the community. A superintendent who is inclusive, collaborative, and able to learn from others.
They want someone who is committed to this community, someone who can motivate students, and build connections between parents, students, and teachers. They want a superintendent who will make assessments relevant with methods that will benefit students and teachers. Someone who will raise the level of standards and expectations for students, raise the GPA level for participation in sports and extracurricular activities. They want someone who will spend money wisely, someone who will show students the reality of life and recognize and celebrate all hard workers.
Open minded – dialogue with community – shares information – people skills – leadership skills – experienced in finances – cooperative.
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