What qualities would you like the new Fayette County school superintendent to have?
Five meetings — scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights — will give you opportunities to make suggestions.
There will be one session at each Fayette County high school, with a community group acting as host for each, according to plans unveiled Wednesday by the Fayette County Board of Education.
In addition to those five meetings for the public, the school board plans to hold about 30 small-group meetings to gather input from organizations such as the Fayette County Education Association, the 16th District PTA Council, the Equity Council and Commerce Lexington.
Those who can't attend one of the sessions can comment on the search through an online survey that will go up Tuesday morning on the school district's home page at www.fcps.net.
If you lack Internet access, you can go to the nearest Fayette County public school and complete the online survey there.
The Fayette Schools' search firm, McPherson & Jacobson LLC, recently posted a superintendent application on its Web site, listing some qualities suggested by the Fayette board including: strong, proactive leadership; planning ability; passion and focus on student achievement; ability to develop and maintain budgets; and high respect for students.
Fayette Board Chairman John Price said Wednesday school board members plan to use public comments to further refine the list of qualities they'll look for in a superintendent. The comments also will help board members craft the questions they will pose to superintendent finalists in interviews, he said.
"It is our intention to provide everybody the opportunity to give us input," Price said. "We value the input of our community, and our superintendent needs to have a good working relationship with the community. So we want the community to be part of the process."
"That means the characteristics we'll be looking for will be broad-based and community-based, not something that the board or the administrative staff came up with. It will be something independently collected and developed from the entire community."
All of the sessions will be conducted by representatives from McPherson & Jacobson and are expected to last about an hour. The search firm will report the results to the school board at an open meeting tentatively set for May 9.
The board is seeking a successor for Superintendent Stu Silberman, who will leave in late August to become the new executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence in Lexington.