I didn't print all the questions from Tuesday night's School Board candidate forum but the question of superintendent did come up.
The question had been something about the vision for the district and who creates it and what questions would a Board director ask of a superintendent candidate. This was directed to Sharon and Peter.
Sharon said that the Board and the Superintendent need to be on the same page. She said with MGJ, the Board was on the same page but it didn't turn out well and more control was at central and not in the classroom.
Peter said the vision is shared with the Superintendent and the Board but he said they had to agree. He said he would ask a superintendent candidate what his/her vision was for Special Ed? Advanced Learning? capacity management? achievement gap?
I wasn't entirely satisfied with either answer because Sharon didn't put forth questions and Peter's were way too broad.
Any candidate could give a broad answer but we need specifics for our district. That would mean a candidate would need to be pretty well-versed on what we currently have (and only Dr. Enfield would fit that bill right now). I've seen superintendent interviews and most of these people only have a cursory idea of how a particular district does things. It would be hard to know the ins and outs of our current capacity management issues if you were an outsider.
But Peter went on to reiterate that the Board is going to have some community meetings to talk about values the community wants in a superintendent. That's all well and good but they aren't saying if they WILL indeed have a search.
So here are a couple of questions:
- would you feel it a waste of your time to go to a community meeting about superintendent values if they just ended up picking Dr. Enfield without a search?
- what do you think the Board would need to see between now and January (when the decision has to be made to conduct a search) from Dr. Enfield that would convince the Board they don't need to a search?
- should there be a superintendent search no matter what (and Dr. Enfield is welcome to throw her hat in the ring just like any other candidate)?