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UPDATE: Community gives input on superintendent search

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Community members weigh in on what they'd like to see in the next Madison Metropolitan School District superintendent.

An input session was held Wednesday night by the consulting firm hired by the school board to help in the search. Attendance was low at the community meeting, but those who were their voiced concern about the achievement gap.

"I'm looking for a superintendent that will put a focus on our teachers, definitely provide direction for professional development for them, specifically in culturally relevant areas. I think that part of our achievement gap issues, is being able to individualize our education towards different students," parent Nicole Dougherty says.

Perry Ed Lucas Jr., who used to work in the district and now tutors students wants the new superintendent to focus on those with physical, mental or emotional difficulties. "I would like to see someone who's looking for a variety of different approaches to work with kids, especially kids who are having trouble in school." he says.

The consulting firm, Ray & Associates, Inc. says all of the information they gather will be presented to the school board. The turnout wasn't large Wednesday but the firm is offering surveys online as well; they say 400 have been filled out thus far.

"The community is really the pulse of the district and many of them have been in the district for some time. They have a vested interest in it from the taxes that they pay, from the buildings that they support and in some cases from children and grandchildren that have come through the district," says Mary Fasbender of Ray & Associates.

The firm is asking people not only what qualities they're looking for in the next superintendent but also what they think the district is doing well now. They can use that information to recruit candidates for the position.

You can share your thoughts on the superintendent search by filling out the survey online. There will be another input session Thursday at 7 p.m. at Memorial High School

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Metropolitan School District's Board of Education wants your input on its search for a new, permanent superintendent.

The board is hosting two community input sessions. They will be held at:

  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 19 at East High School
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, September 20 at Memorial High School

If you can't make it to either of the sessions, you can also complete a survey online.

"Selecting a new superintendent is one of our most important tasks as a Board, and to be successful, we need to work together with our community," School Board President James Howard said. "Input and ideas from our staff, families and community partners will be crucial. We hope the community will join us in this process."

Board members say they're aiming to have the new superintendent take over by July 1, 2013.

Danielle Lama will have more on Wednesday evening's input session on 27 News at 10.

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