Members of the ROWVA Board of Education, Staff members, and Parents/Community members were given the opportunity to respond to a survey provided by the Illinois Association of School Boards.  The survey will be used to identify traits and/or skills that the next superintendent must have that demonstrate a good match for the district.  The 15 survey questions follow and respondents were asked to select their top 5. 

Superintendent Survey

Summary of the responses:

Board of Education: 5 (Current members)

Staff: 53

Parent/Community: 153


The following were the top for all three groups (BOE, Staff, Parent/Community):

  • Acts with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner

  • Ensures management of the organization, operation of resources, for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.

The following were the top for two of the three groups:

  • Has a willingness to innovate and encourage others to innovate, while remaining accountable to the Board of Education.

  • Has the ability to interpret complex educational and financial data to the board, staff, and community.

  • Advocates, nurtures, and sustains a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

  • Promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared by all stakeholders.

  • Collaborates with faculty and community members, responds to diverse community interests, and needs, and mobilizes community resources.

  • Has experience in planning both long- and short-range district goals with the Board of Education.

The following were the top for one of the three groups:

  • Has proven abilities in human relations and communications

  • Has the ability to work cooperatively with all stakeholders

  • Has the ability to maximize financial and human resources in support of educational programs in the district.

The survey also returned the following information on respondents’ expectations:

  • Previous successful experience as a teacher should be required.

  • Previous successful experience as an administrator should be required.

  • Previous successful experience as a superintendent is preferred.

  • Residence in the school district should be required.