Decorah Superintendent Search
The Decorah School Board has recently hired Grundmeyer Leader Services to support the search for a new district superintendent. The search will begin immediately and conclude with the hire of a new successful leader. Your feedback regarding what "desired qualifications" are most important for this position will ensure the new hire is a good fit for both the school district and communities.
Please share narrative insights below and rank personal and professional priorities for the new superintendent. The search team will produce a general report based on the information gathered in this survey. The report will be shared with the board to advise them on what priorities the district and community stakeholders are looking for in a new leader.
This survey is anonymous unless you provide your name voluntarily. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and provide direction for this important leadership position before Dec. 12th.
Superintendent hiring timeline:
Stakeholder survey open
Dec. 1-Jan. 2
Week of Jan. 10
Board reviews candidate pool
Week of Jan. 24
Board screens candidates
Week of Feb. 7
Formal interviews with finalists
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Please identify which group best fits your affiliation with the school district. (You can check more than one)
School Board Member
What are the strength areas or points of pride for Decorah Community Schools?
What are challenges or areas for improvement for Decorah Community Schools?
Please check the 3 most important professional skills and qualifications you hope to have in a new superintendent. (Options aligned to the Iowa Standards for School Leaders)
Strong instructional leader (curriculum development, assessment, instruction)
Effectively manages district resources
Recruits, hires, supports, develops, and retains effective staff members
Builds community and school relations
Conveys and models clear expectations
Effectively works with the school board
Ability to evaluate programs
Effectively works with the school administrators
Models the districts vision, mission and core values
Promotes a community of care and support for students
Fosters community for teachers and staff
Builds professional capacity of school personnel
Meaningfully engages with families and the community
Understands equity and cultural responsiveness
Develop and maintain clear district policies
Provides the school as a resource for families and the community
Advocates publicly for school needs
Uses methods of continuous improvement
Actively promotes the school district
Please check the 3 most important personal traits or qualities you hope to have in a new superintendent.
Demonstrates collaborative leadership
Is approachable, accessible, and welcoming
Has high expectations for themselves and others
Committed to life-long learning
Brings out success in others
Follows through on tasks and responsibilities
Possess strong communications skills
Demonstrates ethics and integrity
Is calm during difficult situations
Models and maintains work/life balance
Models effective use of technology
Models reflection and growth
Why do you believe these qualifications and traits are most important for the new Decorah Superintendent?
What advice would you give to the new district superintendent?
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