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(Neb)-Consultants Pleased With Chadron Supt Input Meetings  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/30/2019 12:50 PM
The two consultants from the Nebraska Association of School Boards who conducted this week's public meetings in Chadron as part of the search process for the successor to retiring Superintendent Dr Caroline Winchester say they were impressed with the turnout and input.

       Sherry Becker, the lead consultant, held 6 of the 7 input sessions and met with the school board for about 90 minutes while Sharon Endorf led Monday's meeting for parents and community members. Endorf says the 14 person turnout at her session was one of the best she's had.

        Stakeholder groups who met with Becker included school district administrators, high school students, central office staff, classified employees, teachers, and business leaders. All were asked to identify what they see as the strengths of the district and community, critical issues facing both, and the traits and strengths they like to see in the new superintendent.

         The School Boards Association is helping the Chadron district with the candidate application process by vetting and interviewing all applicants - even encouraging some administrators to apply. Endorf says all the comments from this week's visit will be shared with only the school board.

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Endorf says some of the comments might be used by consultants in shaping questions for the applicants during their initial interviews.

      Among the district strengths cited during the meetings were strong leadership at each of the Chadron schools, a diverse corps of teachers, excellent professional relationships among district employees top to bottom, the presence of Chadron State College, and strong community involvement with the schools.

      Critical issues dealt primarily with budget and taxes, while traits the new superintendent should have included a rural background, strong communication skills, openness, business acumen, a recognition of past achievements of the district, and the ability to establish relationships with all stakeholders.

       Applications will close Nov 25th, the board will review all candidates and choose up to 4 finalists on Dec 4th, then bring the finalists to Chadron on Dec 10th and 11th for public and private interviews. If all goes well, a contract would be offered to one of them within days and signed by the end of the year.


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