Community to help find new superintendent

Exec. search firm will select, interview final candidates

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Starting next week, community members will be invited to help find the next Duval County School superintendent.

Applications for the superintendent position will start next week and end on July 23. Meanwhile, the community is invited to four meetings to help determine what qualities the new leader should have. The meetings are on June 19, 21, 25 and 26 at 6 p.m. at a location to be determined.

Omaha, Neb.-based recruitment firm McPherson & Jacobson will go through and narrow down the applicants and begin interviewed, probably in early August. The entire process is expected to be finished by September 1. However, school board member W.C. Gentry said they are in no rush, and will take more time if necessary to make sure the right person is found.

The Envisioning Committee of the Duval County School Board released a report Friday, offering their opinions on what type of leader the district needs.

READ: Envisioning Committee and Focus Group Meetings full summary

The main conclusions reached were that the new superintendent must be someone with professional experience, a consensus builder and collaborator, a leader, someone who can handle change properly, a person that celebrates diversity and someone who is a visionary.

The committee is comprised of community and business leaders, principals, teachers, parents and students. Ten focus groups of school district personnel also gave their input to these questions.

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