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Superintendent search begins

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Clay Community School Corporation School Board member Amy Adams
The Clay Community School Corporation search for a new superintendent has officially begun and the board is asking for a little help.

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.

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@Isn't_it_obvious: Can you give an example of "poor teacher oversight and low teacher expectations by principals"? Thanks.

-- Posted by JakeP on Sun, Mar 13, 2011, at 9:10 PM

how about someone local who cares about clay county,will stay for several years,who has shown a committment to clay county,someone born and raised in clay county,and someone who wont leave after a few years.

-- Posted by GO HOOSIERS on Sun, Mar 13, 2011, at 10:54 PM

I was hoping that they would advertise the position in national professional journal or something similar instead of limiting it to the state. It is a high enough position that it might attract a candidate from outside the state. There are 49 other states that are also in the business of educating students and some are doing it a bit better than we. We need to chose the best person available. Not just the best available in Indiana.

Maybe the organization that Kim Tucker spoke about the other night st which she was attending a conference? do they have a journal or web site with job postings?

The larger the pool of applicants the better IMHO.

Go Hoosiers: Look at the universities in the area. Find out where their professors are coming from. Local searches only bring local applicants. you want the best of the best. Not just the best of Indiana. If local candidate is the best one, they will be the one hired.

Limiting the search limits our opportunities. Using only local people and ideas creates a stagnant environment. Like a scum pond instead of running stream. There might be good water within it, but bringing fresh in can only help. Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Mar 14, 2011, at 7:55 AM

Dr. Freeman.

-- Posted by cubbiefan on Mon, Mar 14, 2011, at 11:56 AM

We have tried outside waters to many times.When it comes from a small community like Clay Co.we need someone who really knows the community.I have been here my whole life other than Mr. Rayle the best principals and superintendents have come from within.I dont care about outsiders because everytime we get someone outside they leave and leave us in bad shape.Like it or not for this community we NEED from within period.

-- Posted by GO HOOSIERS on Mon, Mar 14, 2011, at 10:49 PM

Obvious, why are you so stuck on everyone taking calculus? Everyone doesn't need it. Those going into math/science fields definitely do, but struggling students with little support cannot/will not possibly pass this course.

-- Posted by Bruther on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 7:13 AM

What do you believe are the strengths of Clay Community Schools?

* Solid core of teachers, building administrators, and employees

* Solid educational programs, although always room for improvement and expansion

What do you believe are the challenges faced by Clay Community Schools?

* Limited resources, especially funding

* Budget planning in past has been more to keep corporation solvent than to deliver education to students

* Less than most cost-effective and educationally-targeted use of resources

* Lack of long-term planning of resources

* Less than fully engaged parents

What personal strengths do you believe our new superintendent should possess?

* Commitment to the corporation and community. (Being born and raised in Clay County should not be required; however, living within the corporation or a willingness to move into the corporation so that the applicant would pay the tax levies that they recommend and send their children to the schools they administer would show that have a personal interest in the community.)

* Awareness of and commitment to the present and the future of the corporation (While one must deal with today's situations, one must be aware and understand that the corporation will exist beyond their career and, therefore, take actions in resolving today's issues that not only forestall major problems in the short-term but solve foreseeable problems long-term.)

* Work history that indicates commitment to the employer by length employed and upward mobility within employment.

* Excellent research skills of the applicant's own and a great desire to get all of the facts before making decisions.

* Excellent communication skills, not only within the education field but also to the general public. (The ability to communicate effectively in terms that everyone can understand.)

* Open to suggestions

* The ability to debate issues using facts that are verifiable vice opinions based on unexpressed facts that cannot be confirmed to show good reasoning.

* Passion for the education of students

What professional strengths do you believe our new superintendent should possess.

* Effective communications

* Good judgment

* Team building

* Effective use of resources

* Effective problem-solving

* Effective planning skills, both short and long-term

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 10:16 AM

I do have some questions on sending out a questionnaire, though.

Is the corporation going to send one to every household, as every taxpayer has a stake in the corporation even if they have no students attending?

What is the cost?

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 10:21 AM

Already sent the e-mail, Rollie.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 2:51 PM

Why not make the survey part of Times Article and let people respond via on line comments...and then only count the ones who use their true name????

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 5:16 PM

Seriously, Jenny????? I cannot begin to count the number of surveys I've filled out without needing to sign my name. What's the big deal?

-- Posted by littletad on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 10:10 PM

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