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Stakeholders Will Have Say in Greenfield Superintendent Search

A series of focus group sessions have been scheduled for Feb. 21. Meanwhile, the board has re-shifted its focus to hiring an interim superintendent.

Parents, taxpayers, school staff and officials are invited to participate in focus groups next week, to help decide what the School District of Greenfield should look for in its new superintendent.

The meetings are designed to let all stakeholders participate as district officials gather characteristics and qualities desired in the new district administrator, following the resignation of Conrad Farner last month.

“It’s very important that we have everyone’s opinion,” School Board president Bruce Bailey said. “We ultimately have to make the decision, but we want everybody’s input.

“We want to make sure we get the right person, someone who’s committed to the community and committed to education.”

The five group meetings, to be held Feb. 21, will be broken up into specific stakeholders, but all groups are open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

  • 2-3 p.m.: administrative, Performing Arts Center
  • 3:15-4:15 p.m.: middle and high school staff, PAC
  • 4:15-5:15 p.m.: elementary schools staff, PAC
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: community and parents, PAC
  • 7:45-8:45 p.m.: School Board, board room

In the meantime, the district is going to look for an interim superintendent to take over.

robert heule February 13, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Women and minorities should be considered when deciding.
Fred February 14, 2013 at 01:42 AM
I am sure that they will get maybe six loser candidates. They pass less than other districts and they have more conflict. They should be doing a national search.
John Seymour February 14, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Fred, relax. There are a few good people out there looking...someone good will come along. They need to hurry though.
John Seymour February 14, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Better and Brighter days are ahead for the GSD
robert heule February 14, 2013 at 02:52 AM
At least, the upper mid west
Lee February 14, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Fred, please leave the doom and gloom society you belong too. You have already passed judgement and the search is just beginning. I guess we can surmise by your way of thinking that any candidate that is chosen that has not come from far far away, will be a loser. Then why stop at a national search, go global! You are just be a nervous Nelly.
mr.chris a engel February 14, 2013 at 07:45 PM
if this position stays empty will the dist waste away or can the people who have an interest beyond a paycheck or career make a difference at this time? what about the teachers parents and citizens in this community.why should we pick nationally to operate the Greenfield School System?And lets get back to EDUCATION not all the little distraction s that come along with politics.
John Seymour February 15, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Chris, you need someone to run the business side of the school district. Think about all the tax laws, payroll laws etc. If you don't have somone in charge of that things fall through the cracks. They need to find someone good who knows how to do that. There were many mistakes made by the former business manager (Big ones). Also, you need a CEO or Superintendent to oversee the day to day operations. Someone needs to steer the ship. Schools are a complex organization and someone needs to be in charge. The former administration was a poor example of leadership. The GSD has an excellent opportunity to shine. There are great people (teachers, paraprofessionals, and building admins) working for the kids...they just need someone to lead them in a positive direction.
mr.chris a engel February 15, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Thank for your response John,but althese tax and payroll laws are part of the problem.This is Education of children. Reform these policies and you have less need of a Super. Get back to Educating children and away from the politics.all these people with this degree and that degree and we have a 69% rating @ Greenfield High !that is not acceptible .for every $1.00 i send i get $.69 cents back.Should i just settle for this? We spend more money per student than anyone in the world,and we rank 21st on the Globe Should we just settle for this ?NO!This is not just a Greenfield Situation its across the nation.Draw a national candidate and we will still have the same problem.Insanity is when you do over and over the same thing and expect different results. Let me teach you the "HOLE" rule .when you find yourself in a hole stop digging.
John Seymour February 16, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Chris...these are federal tax laws not specific to schools. They are laws that all businesses must follow. You can't just change them all. There are also mandates for education. The top students in the US are as strong if not stronger than the others in the world. In America we believe in educating everyone...not dumping them when they are in 7th-8th grade like some countries do. The problem with schools in America has very little to do with the fact they have Sups running them.
mr.chris a engel February 17, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Hey John laws can be changed.YES THEY CAN!Mandates can be changed.YES! the present system has been in place for some fourty years. IT NEED TO BE CHANGED.If nobody likes the show no one will go.Change the show before the theatre gets closed.those putting on the show can change it from within or those paying for the show can close it down.I spend a buck and get 69cents back is that good math?NO! Just fix it .All these people are degreed to the max .what is the problem?
mr.chris a engel February 17, 2013 at 03:55 AM
O John About those TOP students.... For what we spend on education in this country they should ALL BE TOP STUDENTS dont you think?

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