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Update #2 on Superintendent Search

May 8, 2015

The emphasis with the superintendent search this week has been to listen to representatives of the many groups who are closely connected to the Shorewood School District—parents, faculty, administrators, students, support staff and School Board members. Focus groups and interviews were held with 80 people to learn about contemporary school issues and to seek input regarding the priority qualities we need the new superintendent to possess. Conversations were wide-ranging, forthright, and extremely helpful. Participants described the leadership qualities they felt were essential in the new leader, and from these descriptions, themes emerged that will be helpful as the School Board refines the Superintendent Profile in the coming week.

The focus group feedback will be added to data from the District survey to form the basis of a School Board discussion that will lead to development of the Superintendent Profile. All told, we anticipate that several hundred people will have contributed to the development of the Profile. The Profile is a one-page document featuring the priority qualities we are seeking in the new superintendent and it will serve as a benchmark to select the finalist candidates best matched to Shorewood.

We currently have 27 applicants to date and will continue to accept applications as well as assertively recruit high quality candidates for another 10 days. We have applicants from 5 different states who are currently holding a variety of school leadership roles—superintendent, principal or district director of instruction—in an interesting mix of school districts. It is exciting to imagine that our new superintendent is among them.

More information will be shared as new developments are made.

Posted by kwatson on Friday May, 8, 2015
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