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BOE to hear findings

Published 12:15pm Thursday, January 31, 2013

Group to give results of superintendent survey tonight at 5 p.m.

What qualities should the next superintendent of the Alexander City Schools have?

This is the question the Alabama Association of School Boards will attempt to answer today, in light of the past two weeks of feedback from both community meetings and online surveys.

The AASB will make its presentation on the cumulative findings from the meetings and surveys to Alexander City Board of Education members today in a 5 p.m. work session in the BOE’s board room.

As with all work sessions, the meeting will be open to the public.

“It’s a work session to hear from our consulting team some general overall feedback from the community engagement meetings as well as the online surveys,” said Board President David Sturdivant.

As previously reported in The Outlook, the BOE elected to employ the AASB’s superintendent search service after current superintendent Lou Ann Wagoner announced she would be retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

After a close 3-2 vote to use the $8,500 service, the AASB set up an online survey to poll interested parties about the needs of the school system and the desired qualities in the next superintendent. The AASB also hosted anonymous community involvement meetings for faculty, support staff, city leaders and the general public to seek in-person feedback.

Sturdivant said board members did not attend the community meetings by design so that faculty, staff and other citizens could speak freely about what is needed in the next superintendent.

“The only feedback I’ve heard is that folks appreciated the opportunity to provide feedback,” Sturdivant said. “I haven’t heard specifically about what was mentioned … so I’m anxious to hear what some of the findings are and formulate what kind of candidates we should be looking for. That’s the whole point of these meetings and surveys.”

Sturdivant encouraged any interested party to attend today’s work session.

“We’re certainly trying to encourage as much community involvement as we can, so feel free to come listen to what the consulting team has to report to us,” Sturdivant said.