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School superintendent search begins

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees has selected a 16-member committee to select a new superintendent.

The criteria committee consists of three central office administration personnel including the business manager, director of building and grounds and the director of technology; four certified staff members including principals at the high school, middle school and elementary levels; two classified staff members and one member of the community appointed by each of the seven board members.

"This is the first time that I know of that classified staff has been included in such an important decision. As board president, I felt it was important to include as many people, from as many different backgrounds as possible, in selecting our new superintendent," Jon Hull said.

The first step was to contact the Indiana Schools Board Association.

ISBA supplied the board with a standardized survey that made room for additional comments regarding qualities the committee regards as important for selection of a superintendent. ISBA also suggested the board contact the Placement Bureau, a 40-year-old institution made up of representatives from Indiana State University, Indiana University, Purdue University and Ball State, to assist in the search.

The timeline for the process started Feb. 25 when the board contacted ISBA and the Placement Bureau. The criteria committee was selected and the board met with a placement representative March 6. The next day, the board received the ISBA survey and it was distributed to the criteria committee. It will meet today and a representative will present the findings to the board Tuesday. The board will then submit the survey information to the Placement Bureau to use as a template during the screening process. The Placement Bureau will screen the best applicants and provide the school board with the candidates that best match the criteria.

ISBA recommended the new superintendent's salary be based on experience, degree and qualifications. An executive session is slated for March 21 to discuss the salary and benefit package.

A brochure will be developed that includes information about the school corporation's mission, vision statement, goals, cash balance, geography, number of schools, student enrollment, tax base, job description and more. Printed by April 1, it will be distributed to the ISBA and posted on the ISBA website. The brochures will also be distributed to the Placement Bureau.

By May 1, the board hopes to have received all applications and screen final applicants by May 6. Interviews will be conducted by the board and by May 14 it will select an applicant, who will be invited for a tour of the schools.

"We plan to make an official announcement and appoint a new superintendent at the regular June board meeting," Hull said.

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