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.
Summary of the responses:
Board of Education: 5 (Current members)
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.