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Residents invited to express views on superintendent search

Last Modified: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 10:48 AM

By Kara Carrier / American Press

An online survey asking for public input on qualifications for the new Calcasieu Parish school superintendent went live Tuesday. The anonymous survey, open to all parish residents, will end at noon April 17.

The purpose, according to the survey website, is to provide the School Board a broad range of community opinions about what attributes people want in a new superintendent. “Ideally we are targeting our own constituents and our staff,” said Kirby Smith, district spokeswoman. “We have over 5,000 employees, and being the largest employer in the parish we can get a pretty good gauge on how our employees feel through the survey. And then we definitely want to reach out to the community.”

Smith said the district is working with the chamber of commerce to assist in reaching industry and business leaders because they play a vital role in our education system. The district has also partnered with V. Faye White and Dustin Hebert of McNeese State University to compile the responses from the survey and look for trends in them.

The four-question survey asks responders to name characteristics and traits they would like the new superintendent to have, accomplishments they would like to see during his or her tenure, and goals and objectives for the district.

According to Smith, the board is looking forward to a large response from the public and is prepared to handle as many responses as they are given.

“The more information we compile and present to the board, and the more responses we get, will provide a much clearer and concise profile of the ideal candidate for our community,” Smith said. “We want the community to feel like this is their superintendent too. We have so many schools and such a large impact on the population that we need to have the public’s input.”

The survey results will be presented and discussed at the next Superintendent Search Committee meeting, at 4:45 p.m. May 1 at the Central Office.


Posted By: Rev.J.L.Franklin On: 4/3/2014

Title: What a joke

This is a joke because most of the board members have already decided to stay in house. Things will remain the same. Board members enjoy their power to pick principals and coaches. The public interest in this case will be ignored. If you don't me believe me just watch how things will play out. I assure you that things will be business as usual and the children's interest will be put on the back burner. Just watch this movie and tell me later that I was right. By the way this is not a public forum but this is a public joke.

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