BOE hosts community forum in search of superintendents | Herald Community Newspapers
By Tom Carrozza [email protected]
A few dozen Rockville Center residents spent Monday evening providing feedback to representatives of School Leadership LLC in their search for a new superintendent following June Chang’s departure earlier this year.
The meeting continued the early stages of the research, gathering information through a survey and in-person meetings to identify the personal and professional qualities and experiences parents want in the new school district leader.
School Leadership LLC representatives, Dr Kathy Weiss and Dr Frank Chiachiere, led the discussion Monday evening in the South Side High School auditorium. The members of the Education Council were not present, but according to the two representatives of the research firm, they will be fully informed of the responses. Weiss and Chiachiere both have extensive experience with research like this. The company is currently engaged in two more searches in New York and announced that 96% of the candidates it chooses will be extended after the end of their three-year contract.
Overnight, parents agreed the next superintendent should be able to make collaborative decisions and admit their blind spots. One of the ongoing concerns was that declining rankings in the state could push real estate values ââdown, leading a few in the crowd to call for increased attention to improving test scores.
Others were more concerned with making the neighborhood as welcoming as possible to everyone. RVC’s Diversity and Inclusion Council also sent school board members a letter outlining their priorities for the next superintendent.
âWe believe it is imperative that our new superintendent make a strong commitment to multicultural and inclusive education for all students,â the letter read.
Among the policy suggestions contained in the letter are to try to further diversify the faculty, to review and update the curriculum, to make anti-bias training mandatory for teachers and administrators. , to ensure that discipline is distributed fairly along racial lines, and to adopt a model of inclusiveness for the classroom. and school sponsored events.
Laura Gillen, a former city of Hempstead supervisor, has two children in the school district and has provided comments on what she expects from a candidate and the research firm’s early results.
âI think we need a really strong leader,â said Gillen. âThere are a lot of challenges. We are still dealing with the aftermath of Covid, you have mental health issues and there is a community healing that needs to happen here. Gillen added that she was pleased with the community’s participation through the meeting and the online survey at the start of the research.
The online survey sent to parents over the past two weeks, which is due out Nov. 15, asked them what work experiences they hoped applicants would have and what the most important quality they thought the next one would have. superintendent should own.
The next stage of the research is expected to take place at the school board meeting on Dec. 9, where the board is expected to approve the new superintendent’s specifications based on feedback and advice from the company.