The school board approved a measure Thursday to send out a questionnaire to members of the community.
There are four questions on the survey, including:
* What do you believe are the strengths of Clay Community Schools,
* What do you believe are the challenges faced by Clay Community Schools,
* What personal strengths do you believe our new superintendent should possess, and
* What professional strengths do you believe our new superintendent should possess.
The board is asking the community to respond to the questionnaire return them to Board President Rob Miller at PO Box 688, Brazil, Ind., 47834.
"It was Rob's idea," board member Amy Adams said. "The board thinks it's very important to know what the community's beliefs are. We want to know what the community values as far as the personal and professional attributes of a superintendent.
"We do care what the community thinks. We want to ensure that the superintendent that is selected shares the same value of this community. The education of our children is our No. 1 priority."
Adams added longtime Clay County educator Denzil Adams helped with the questionnaire.
The search for the superintendent officially began Friday.
According to board members, and with help from Indiana State University, vacancy announcements and applications are being sent out to all superintendents statewide.
The board placed a deadline for applications is April 22.
The board plans to meet with a team of education professors from ISU, Indiana University, Ball State University and Purdue University to discuss qualifications of candidates applying for the position and the interview process is scheduled to begin during the first week of May.
The plan, according to board members, is to select a superintendent and vote on the selection by the June board meeting, set for June 9.
The new superintendent will then begin official duties July 1.
Former CCSC Supt. Dan Schroeder announced his retirement during a special meeting in December.
Board Vice President motioned to accept the retirement, with board member Amy Adams providing the second.
The motion was unanimously approved.
Following the retirement, the board unanimously approved a motion to move Assistant Supt. Of Curriculum Kim Tucker into the Interim Superintendent position.
The questionnaire will also be available on the corporation website, www.clay.k12.in.us, for residents to print off and fill out.