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A People Person – Community Has Ideas For New Superintendent

By Beth Cassidy
Enterprise Record

Members of the community and school staff are almost in agreement when it comes to ranking the top five qualities desired in a new superintendent, according to completed surveys.
The results, compiled by the N.C. School Boards Association (NCSBA), were presented by Kathy Boyd of the NCSBA, to the board of education last week. There were 187 community member surveys completed and 199 staff surveys completed.
Members of the community ranked “Knows how to get staff, students, parents and community to work together to help children learn” as the number one priority, while staff members ranked that third.
Seventy percent of community respondents indicated they have one or more children in the system.
Staffs’ number one priority was “Understands how to effectively advocate for resources needed to operate the schools.” That was ranked second by the community.
The other five qualities that ranked in the top five were: “Understands how to provide safe …