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Search for new school superintendent begins

The King George School Board held a special meeting last week on Feb. 16 to discuss its upcoming superintendent search. Four members were present to meet with a representative from the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA), with Rick Randall missing the meeting.

Following the two-hour meeting to learn about the process of hiring a new superintendent, the group provided a press release to mark the event which also

indicated its desire to request feedback from community members in regard to searching for a new superintendent with the use of a survey posted online.

The press release from School Board chairman Mike Rose invited public input on qualifications for a new division head. “Hiring a new superintendent is the biggest task facing a School Board and we want to make sure that the public has a voice in this process,” Rose said. He added, “We hope that parents, staff and residents will take time to fill out the survey or attend the public hearing.”

The press release also announced that a public hearing would take comment from the public on hiring criteria for a new superintendent. That will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27.

The meeting will take place at the School Board office, since the date conflicts with a meeting previously scheduled by the Board of Supervisors in the board room of the Revercomb Administration building. The deadline for submission of the survey is likewise on Feb. 27.

The press release also indicated that the survey related to superintendent criteria will be sent home with children in the King George County Public Schools, provided to staff, and made available on link from the school division’s website, www.kgcs.k12.va.us.

Additional copies of the survey are to be available at the Smoot Library (currently housed in the former middle school building) and at the King George Family YMCA.

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As noted, the survey is requested to be completed and submitted by Feb. 27. The survey can be found online, http://www.quia.com/sv/566837.html, or through a link from the School Board’s website.

Among other things, it asks whether those completing the survey think it’s required, preferred or not important for a new division superintendent to have a doctorate, experience as a superintendent, experience as a associate/assistant superintendent, experience as a central office administrator, experience as a principal, experience as a CEO other than school district, teaching experience at the high school level, teaching experience at the elementary level, work experience in Virginia, and/or residency in the school division.

It also wants survey respondents to rank as first, second and third, the importance of such attributes as knowledge of budget and finance, curriculum and instruction, school facility planning and construction, increasing/decreasing enrollment, school reform, special education, multi-cultural programs, staff development and evaluation, community relations, support services, business partnerships, and technology. 

The survey also asks some questions, including:
“What is the one talent or skill that the new superintendent should have to do this job well?” and “What is the first issue that, in your opinion, the new superintendent should deal with?”

The survey also wants to know a little about those responding to the survey, asking, “Which of the following categories best represents you as a respondent?”  The choices provided are: parent, civic organization member, social organization member, school teacher, school administrator, school employee, PTA member, Chamber of Commerce member or business, or “Other.” That question notes, “If you selected “Other” for the above question, please provide a category which best describes you as a respondent.”

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