Déjà vu all over again.
Just two years after a mad scramble to find a new superintendent, the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) is at it again.
The PUSD board hopes to sign a contract with the new leader of the school district before the end of the current school year. So the search opened on Feb. 20 and closes March 24.
The board has hired the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) to find candidates, publish a brochure, create a calendar for the hiring process, conduct an online survey, and help the board and community define what they would like to see in the future superintendent.
The online survey closes Feb. 28.
“Please go to www.pusd.k12.az.us for an online survey requesting your input on what you feel is most important during our upcoming Superintendent search,” wrote the district and board in an email. “Your responses will be of tremendous value in our selection and interview process.”
Some of the questions ask participants to list their priorities in areas like leadership, academic programs and communication.
Survey participants can choose whether they feel it is more important for the future superintendent to prove he/she has “successfully engaged the public, the media and support groups,” or “is known as a good listener,” among other.
The brochure will print this week.
The board hashed out the wording of the brochures at a meeting on Feb. 18.
Interim Superintendent Johnny Ketchem, Business Manager Kathie Manning and Director of Student Achievement Brenda Case went over the suggested brochure with the board to make sure of the content.
“We want them to see who we are and what they’re getting,” said Ketchem to the board members.
Prospective candidates will know the district’s mission and goals, know a little about each board member and the length of their terms, receive an introduction to the Rim Country and what it offers residents, an overview of current district projects, and understand the qualities the district seeks in a candidate.
Besides the online survey, the board would like to invite the community to attend a candidate forum on March 31.
For more information, visit the district Web site: http://www.pusd.k12.az.us or call the office at (928) 474-2070.
ASBA suggested timeline to hire the next PUSD superintendent:
Jan. 30 - Board approves ASBA contract
Jan. 30 - Develop profile (of candidate) and draft brochure at board meeting with ASBA
Feb. 4 - District to provide ASBA with district specific information for the brochure
Feb. 13 - ASBA provides draft brochure
Feb. 14 - Open online survey
Feb. 18 - Board reviews, makes adjustments and approves draft brochure and profile
Feb. 20 - Search opens
Feb. 28 - Close online survey
March 24 - Search closes
March 24 - Application screening with board
March 31 - Candidate forum, public meetings, district tour
April 1 - Candidate interviews with board
April 2 - Board meeting to determine candidate finalist
TBD - Contract negotiations
TBD - Board names new superintendent.
Superintendent begins duties as established in the contract between the district and superintendent.