Last Tuesday, Dec. 20, the School Board looked into the qualities that the community feels a new superintendent should have. The feedback was aligned with what I had heard from the community.
In short, the two most important skills people want in a superintendent are communications and leadership skills. The qualities people wanted to see were a bit more distributed, with good judgment, commitment to the community, integrity, and team builder being the top four in order. The most significant strength of the school system is excellent teachers and staff, and the most significant challenges we face are growth, facilities, and funding. The comments in the interviews and face to face sessions were consistent. You can find the summary of the feedback from the community here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fccpsva/Board.nsf/files/AGUK7D5076EB/$file/Falls%20Church%20Community%20Engagement%20%20Power%20Point%2012-20-16.pdf.
A portrait of a new superintendent arises from these results. Folks want a communicator and leader who joins in and is committed to our community, and addresses the significant challenges we face in facilities and funding while preserving the core of our schools - the teachers and staff. That's my personal view of the result - I'd welcome your comments. You can find all the materials here, including a full stakeholder engagement report. http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fccpsva/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AGMRJZ6E4325
(These are my personal views and not the official statement or records of the Board. They are not minutes but my personal summary of some of the highlights from the meeting.)