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(Neb)-Chadron School Supt Search Consultants Holding Public Meetings

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/27/2019 08:38 PM
CHADRON - The Chadron School Board is turning to the public Monday and Tuesday for help in picking the successor to Superintendent Dr Caroline Winchester, who is retiring at the end of the current school year.

      The board hired the Nebraska Association of School Board as a consultant, and a team from the association is in town for a series of 7 meetings to hear from community members about the skills and traits they want in the new superintendent as well as the strengths of the district and community.

      The team has 6 sessions scheduled Monday, the first 5 in the afternoon in the school district central office conference room. At 1:00, district administrators will meet with the team followed at 2:00 by a selected group of high school students.

       Central office staffers will be in at 2:45 and classified staff at 3:15 before the Chadron teachers finish up the afternoon meetings at 3:45.

      Parents and community members are invited to meet with the team Monday night from 6:00-7:00 in the high school library while business leaders have a session Tuesday morning at 7:00 in the central office conference room.

     To allow as open and free a discussion as possible, no members of the school board will take part in any of the sessions.

       There is also an online survey for those unable to make it to their appropriate forum. To take the survey, go to www.nasbsuptsearch.org and click on Current Positions Available, then Chadron Public Schools and scroll down to Staff and Community District Assessment Survey.

      The timeline for the superintendent search has applications closing Nov 25th with the board meeting Dec 4th to review the candidates and selecte a group of finalists, preferably 4 of them.

       Interviews would held in Chadron a week later with 2 candidates on the 10th and the other 2 on the 11th. The finalists and their spouses would meet informally with the board for either lunch or dinner in addition to the formal interviews.

      The board could make its choice shortly after the interviews with the goal of having a signed contract with the new superintendent by the end of the year.


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