The selection of a new Clay Community Schools Corporation superintendent is one step closer now that criteria has been established by a 16-member committee.
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.
Paul Sinders, chairperson for Superintendent Criteria Committee and Clay City High School principal, presented the committee's summary of criteria to Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees Thursday night.
Indiana School Board Association supplied the school board with a standardized survey that also made room for additional comments regarding qualities the committee regards as important for selection of a superintendent earlier this month. ISBA also suggested the board contact the Placement Bureau, a 40-year institution made up of representatives from Indiana State University, Indiana University, Purdue University and Ball State, to assist in the search.
"I've taken each of the five questions/statements (from the opinonnaire) and listed what I consider to be the most prevalent answers or concerns," he said.
#1. List two significant strengths of Clay Community Schools at the present time-strengths that will help us to attract candidates for the superintendent position.
Financial strength of school corporation; community involvement/support of both academic programs and extra-curricular activities; modern physical facilities such as new middle school, high schools, alternative school and renovated elementary school; strong technology program and support; and excellent administrative, faculty and staff team.
#2. List two significant issues, concerns or challenges facing Clay Community Schools.
School funding-possible reduction in personnel and educational programs due to decreased state funding; elementary schools needing additional space and renovation; curriculum-gifted and talented program.
#3. What personal characteristics should the board place as a high priority when selecting the next superintendent?
Honesty and integrity; high moral character; fairness; visibility; accessibility; skilled communicator and good listener; innovator; motivator; and ability to interact with board, staff and public.
#4. What special background, training or knowledge should the next superintendent have to be successful in the Clay Community School community?
Demonstrated leadership; manager of people; understanding of state standards, laws and grants; knowledge of best practices research; good organizer; financial knowledge and skills; and knowledge of technology.
#5. Please share any other thoughts that will be helpful in the superintendent search.
Be positive and enthusiastic; establish good rapport with board and all staff members; have vision for the future; possess organizational skills; live in county or re-locate to area; participate in community organizations; attend school and community functions; and demonstrate public relations skills.
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, school ages, 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 campus tour.
Also at this meeting, Superintendent Thomas Rohr presented the board with financial information for the next school year. The board decided to return with their individual budget recommendations during a public meeting at 6 p.m. April 3 at Forest Park Elementary School.