On November 29, the Clover Park School District Board of Directors hosted a Community Forum for the purpose of providing community members an opportunity to provide input to the Board regarding criteria they would like to see in the next superintendent of schools. The interim superintendent, Dr. Al Cohen, will be retiring on June 30, 2008.
Approximately 50 community members attended the forum. Three brainstorming groups were formed and each member had an opportunity to state criteria that they believed was important. The three groups generated approximately 110 criteria. After a discussion by group members, each member was provided five dots in order to determine establish the group’s top ten priorities. Following the prioritization activity, each group reported back to the entire audience their top priorities.
Below are top ten priorities for each of the three groups.
- Will push the legal limit on discipline and bring back respect.
- Programmatic and decisive, a visionary with common sense.
- Listens and hears (a) Teachers, (b) Classified staff, and (c) Community.
- Focus on academics, outcomes vs. grades.
- Focus on performance, top to bottom. Administrators to Maintenance.
- Provide for high and low achievers.
- Accountable to community not just the board.
- Turn around expert.
- Not arrogant/approachable, respectful.
- Excellent money manager. No schools short-changed. Consultant/Use local talent.
- Willing set high standards for all students including high achievers.
- Team builder.
- Good communicator.
- Strong leader-inspires people to follow.
- Responsive to the community and to the teachers and take responsibility for their actions
- Interacts in the community and in schools
- Honesty. Accepts/embraces communities, diversity, and turns it to a positive.
- Passion and vision
- Willing to acknowledge the tough issues in both the district and community.
- All children as life long learners.
- Supports and empowers principals and teachers to deliver the best curriculum.
- Prepared to work with families to ensure student retention and success
- Inspired, innovative, creative and courageous leaders with command presence and with flexibility.
- Live in district and committed to long haul.
- Financial Savvy.
- Balance needs of all children. Embrace community-diversity and military families concerns. School programs that challenge kids at all levels, not single focus.
- Committed to and competent in best practices to prepare children for college, International Baccalaureate, career, life.
- Values importance of fine arts, sports and school spirit.
- Approachable, accessible and a good listener.
- Address the negative reputation; and Proven leadership track record.