What to Look for in Next Schools Superintendent: Public Invited to Take Survey, Attend October Meetings

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In looking for Darien’s next superintendent of schools, the Board of Education says it wants to hear from Darien residents and school district staff, so the board announced an online survey available for anyone to fill out by Oct. 26 and “focus groups” (meetings) available to town residents on two dates in October.

Here’s the board’s announcement, followed by the full text of the survey:

The Darien Board of Education has hired School Leadership, LLC to assist it in the search process for a new superintendent of schools.

Darien Public SchoolsIt is the intention of the Board of Education to have this process completed so that a permanent superintendent is in place for the start of the new school year on July 1, 2019. Dr. Elliott Landon currently serves as interim superintendent of schools.

The Board of Education values input from the community and has directed School Leadership to conduct focus groups to obtain participant input regarding the attributes, experience and knowledge that a new superintendent should possess.

  • Focus groups are scheduled for Oct. 10 and 11 in the Darien Board of Education Meeting Room at 35 Leroy Ave.
  • Parents of students enrolled in the district are invited to join on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Members of the Darien community at large who are interested in sharing their thoughts on the next superintendent of schools are invited to attend the focus groups on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • No RSVP is necessary.

An on-line survey available to all Darien residents and stakeholders has also been created to ensure that all members of the community have the chance to provide their thoughts. The survey will be available until Oct. 26.

Paper copies of this survey are also available at the Darien Library and at the Board of Education Central Office at 35 Leroy Ave., and can be completed and submitted at those locations.

School leadership is scheduled to also meet with other stakeholder groups, including students, staff, and faculty to ensure that all perspectives are heard.

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Here’s What The Survey Asks

Here’s the full text of the survey. You can fill it out to submit your views online, at this Web page (you can’t fill it out here—don’t even try):

1. In the following list of 16 important experiences and skills for a Superintendent, please click the boxes beside the FIVE that you feel are MOST CRITICAL (realizing ALL are important) for an individual to be successful as the Darien Superintendent beginning next year:

2. What do you see as the single, most important quality that the next Superintendent of the Darien Public Schools should possess?  Why??

3. Other comments for or recommendations to the Board of Education regarding the Superintendent Search:

4. Tell us about yourself. Please check ALL of the following that apply to you:

YES
A resident of Darien WITHOUT children currently in school
A resident of Darien WITH children currently in a parochial or independent school
A resident of Darien WITH children currently in the public schools
A member of the Darien teaching staff
A member of the Darien support staff
A member of the Darien administrative staff
An officer of a Darien parent organization
A student attending the Darien Public Schools
An elected member of the Town government
A current or former member of the Darien Board of Education

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