What Duluthians Want in a Superintendent

By KBJR News 1

February 14, 2011 Updated Feb 14, 2011 at 10:46 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - What skills and attributes do you want the next Duluth superintendent to have?

The firm 'School Exec Connect' asked that question to community members and posted the results online in a 'Leadership Profile'.

The school district hired the outside firm to find the best candidates for the district and to collect input from staff, students, and community members throughout the process.

The Leadership Profile shows the firm what's important to Duluthians.

"A lot of the comments to me boiled down to different facets of communication, being able to work with diverse groups in order to provide a very positive and successful education for the student and the community," said Bill Hanson, director of business services.

If you missed the opportunity to help create the profile, there will be more chances to give your thoughts in a series of interviews with candidates April 27 - 29.

The new superintendent should be a person who:
· Has a 21st century educational vision for the district, can articulate it, and is able to work with staff and community to implement programs to meet the needs of the district’s students so they graduate prepared to succeed in the option of their choice.
· Is an educational leader who works with the Board and staff to improve student achievement, meet the multiple educational needs of the students, and maintains a balance between academics, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.
· Is approachable, accessible, humble, kind and exhibits openness and a willingness to listen and work collaboratively with all groups while building strong and effective relationships with the Board, administration, staff, parents, and community including business and non-profits.
· Is an excellent communicator who can influence and represent the district both internally and externally through effective speaking, writing, and listening.
· Is able to reach out and make positive connections with community/neighborhood groups, organizations, city government, and legislators in order to better serve the needs of the district’s educational programs and student needs beyond the school day.
· Appreciates and understands the value of economic, ethnic and cultural diversity in our changing world, is knowledgeable of and promotes programs to help students of all backgrounds, and engages the staff and community to ensure all students learn in a positive, caring environment.
· Has a leadership style that seeks input and involves staff and community in decision-making, utilizing the best ideas and creativity of all and is comfortable with delegating responsibility. Has personal humility and professional will.
· Is able to recruit and motivate the finest educators and provide resources for them to be successful.
· Has a strong understanding of school finance and district budgeting and is capable of charting a course of financial stability.
· Has the ability to bring the multiple communities and educational leaders together in the best interest of the students and their future success.


Next steps in the Superintendent Search process include:

· January – March 2011: Advertising and recruiting

· April 11, 2011: School Board meets to review and select candidates for initial interviews

· April 12-13, 2011: School Board interviews five or six candidates, narrows the field to two or three candidates

· April 27-29, 2011: All day interview process for semi-finalists. Includes open forums available to staff, students, community members and a final School Board interview. School Board makes final selection.

· May 17, 2011: Act on the new superintendent’s contract

· July 1, 2011: New superintendent takes office

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