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Schools Superintendent Search Update: School Board Hopes To Interview Candidates In July, August

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Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates’ Dwight Pfennig talks to the Board of Education at the June 19 meeting.

The Board of Education hopes to interview prospective schools Superintendent candidates in the two months leading up to the 2014-2015 school year, the board’s vice president said June 19.

Eva Nagy, sitting in for board president Julia Presley, said that the board is “on track” in looking for the district’s next top executive.

“We’re working toward our goal of finding our next superintendent,” she said.

Nagy said the board hopes to conduct interviews during July and August.

The board’s search firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, has created a “leadership profile” of the ideal candidate, culled from online and in-person interviews with hundreds of people in the township. The firm’s Dwight Pfennig and Leroy Nunery gave the board a briefing in executive session prior to the June 19 meeting, and also gave a presentation during the board’s public meeting.

In addition to the more than 500 respondents in the online poll, the firm spoke to 114 people in the township in developing the leadership profile, Pfennig told the board.

He said the firm has received 25 applications.

Nunery presented the laundry list of traits township residents want in the next schools Superintendent. Among them are someone who is an “extraordinary communicator,” a person who is a “visible and important part of the community” and someone who is able to “work positively and directly with the challenges of diversity.”

“You want a change went, but someone who will respect the history and heritage” of the district, Nunery said.

“You don’t want a superintendent who’ in the central office and who makes decisions as they come to him,” he said. “Feet on the ground is very important.”

“That’s a lot on the plate for the person we will find for this district,” he said.

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