School district seeks resident input on search for new superintendent

Online survey, upcoming forum opens process to the community

— Consultants from the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education will hold a community forum in Skaneateles next week to discuss with and receive feedback from local residents as they begin the process of working with the district to hire a new superintendent.

Lead consultants Stephen J. Uebbing and Henry J. Peris also will spend an entire day in Skaneateles meeting with district administration, teachers, staff and students, as well as members of the board of education, to get input from all district shareholders on the superintendent search process.

The district visit and community forum was announced by BOE President Evan Dreyfuss at the Nov. 5 BOE regular meeting.

Dreyfuss and interim Superintendent Judy Pastel also announced that an online survey, where district residents can voice their opinions on what sort of superintendent the district should hire, is now active on the district’s website and urged all residents to log on and participate in the search process.

The home page of the district’s website currently has a notice that states, “Let your voice be heard! As the district moves forward in selecting the next Superintendent of Schools, your voice is necessary to assure the right person is selected.” It then provides a link to an online survey that asks residents what qualities they seek in a new superintendent, what are the most important issues currently facing the district and what suggestions residents offer on the search process.

The school board officially hired the Warner Center for Professional Development and Education Reform, which is housed within the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education, on Oct. 23 to lead the superintendent search. Lead consultant Uebbing is a professor and a former superintendent of the Canandaigua City School District, consultant Peris is a former superintendent of the Brighton Central School District. Together the two men have the combined experience of more than 80 years running successful school districts in Central New York, while the Warner Center has completed successful superintendent searches for a number of school districts, including Geneva, Sodus, Lyons, and North Rose Wolcott.

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