Weekly Feature

2017-02-08 / Editorial

District seeking input for superintendent search

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Board of Education has begun the search process for the next superintendent of schools and is encouraging the community to get involved.

As the superintendent is the leader of a school district, there are big shoes to fill and a multitude of tasks, including fulfilling demands from different groups, such as parents, students, teachers, residents and the Board of Education. This is not always easy, but there are many traits that a superintendent should possess, from being an effective communicator to also being a good listener.

With past Superintendent Dawn Mirand’s retirement last month, the board is tasked with finding a new superintendent, which involves a tedious process.

The board is currently seeking community input to learn what members of the Ken-Ton School District community consider are the most important qualities, traits, skills and experience that the next superintendent should possess.

All parents, staff, students, community members and other district stakeholders are invited and encouraged to take a survey. It will take around five to 10 minutes to complete, and the link to the survey can be found at www.ktufsd.org under the new “Superintendent Search” tab. The survey will be available through Friday, Feb. 10.

The Board of Education began the superintendent search process with a special roundtable meeting Jan. 19 with representatives comprising teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and a previous board member. Also assisting the board with the search process is Erie 1 BOCES District Superintendent Lynn Fusco. According to notes from the meeting, “the group agreed that slowing the process down at the end once the finalists were selected was important to allow for peer reference checks and onsite visits by the BOE and other participants,” moving forward.

There was also a point that the search should canvass all of New York State, and there was no discussion emphasizing a national search.

It is important to voice your opinion as your child or children are enrolled in the district school system and are affected by the decisions made by the Board of Education.

All information related to the search for a new superintendent of schools will be posted on the district website under the “Superintendent Search” tab.

Make sure to provide your input.

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