By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A search is underway for a new Chase County Schools superintendent and patrons have the chance to submit comments on the qualities they believe the next CCS superintendent should possess.
Patrons of the district can access the school’s website at www.ccschools.cc where they can submit comments on the following areas:
What are the strengths and achievements of the Chase County Schools and community?
What critical issues will the district face in the next three years?
What background/training/experience should the new superintendent possess?
What leadership style/personal attributes are important in the new superintendent?
Printed questionnaires are also available in the superintendent’s office.
Supt. Brad Schoeppey submitted his resignation in October, effective in June 2015. He is in his third year at CCS.
School Board President Jeff Olsen said he’s had a few calls personally from potential candidates, but will know more about the interest in the job next month.
Applications for the superintendent’s position will be due Jan. 5, according to Shari Becker, director of the Nebraska School Board Association’s (NASB) Education Leadership Search Service.
“The benefit of having the deadline at the beginning of January allows time for interested individuals to complete the online application process” and gather other documents over the holiday break, Becker said.
She said interest in the position is being generated and recruiting efforts are underway.
To further gauge the public’s opinions on what they want in their next superintendent, the CCS board and the NASB search service set a district needs assessment session for Thursday, Dec. 11, at the school.
At that time, administrators, staff, students, parents and other community members will have the chance to share personal thoughts regarding the school and the superintendent’s position.
Those sessions will run from 1 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 11. Specific times have been established to gather comment from each group of patrons, staff and students.
People can also submit responses to the online questionnaire now, as noted above, Olsen said.
For its $6,000 search service fee, the NASB will also “vet” all applicants for the position and provide background checks, employment history and check references. It will then present candidate summaries for the board to review. Interviews with a specified number of finalists will follow.