Little Egg Harbor School Board Explores Superintendent Search and Future Challenges
The Little Egg Harbor School Board recently held a meeting discussing the process of hiring a new superintendent, addressing challenges related to growth, and exploring ways to improve communication and public engagement. The board emphasized their commitment to maintaining the small-town feel of the district, even as they navigate the growing pains associated with expansion.
The board’s conversation was dominated by the search for a new superintendent, a process they outlined in detail. The aim is to review all applications and categorize candidates into three qualification-based pools, with the intention of interviewing between six and ten people and maintaining confidentiality until the final two candidates are identified. The estimated cost of this search is around $2,500, with plans to advertise the position on various platforms including Ed Week.
The board expressed the desire for a leader who values all staff members, understands the unique aspects of a small town atmosphere, and displays strong leadership skills. They stressed the need for a strategic thinker who can anticipate future challenges, work with existing resources, and build trust with various stakeholders such as parents and staff. Board members Chris Filiciello and Abby Martin highlighted the importance of humility in the new head of school.
The board also tackled challenges facing the district. One of the primary concerns discussed was the district’s growth leading to potential overcrowding and the need for expansion. Board member Laura Erber raised concerns about maintaining the tight-knit community feel and individualized attention students currently receive amidst this growth.
Special education and staffing issues were also brought to the forefront during the discussion. The shortage of paraprofessionals and substitute teachers was identified as a serious concern. The board, including members Howard Berry and Lisa Semler, acknowledged this issue, emphasizing the need for a superintendent who could effectively address it.
In a bid to improve transparency and facilitate wider participation, the board plans to distribute a survey about the superintendent search, with Superintendent Patte Blood expressing the need for improved communication methods to ensure wider participation. The idea of live streaming meetings was also proposed as a way to increase public engagement.
The community members expressed their desire to be kept informed about the board’s progress and goals in the superintendent search. The board responded by outlining their timeline for receiving and interviewing candidates, with the goal of presenting a slate of candidates within a specific timeframe.
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School Board Officials:
Howard Berry, Laura Erber, Abby Martin, Chris Filiciello, Lisa Semler, Dr. Christine S. Snyder, Pamela Zeleznok