Community helps in search for superintendent

Public forums will focus on important candidate qualities

Published On: Sep 20 2012 09:55:08 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

The Madison School District is looking to the community in their search for a new superintendent.

A dozen people met with school district officials Thursday to give their opinions on the topic. The first of two public forums was held at Memorial High School on Madison's west side.

There have been 36 community forums and interviews with more than 150 community members to determine what qualities are best in a superintendent. Questionnaire and interview results will be compiled into a brochure to recruit someone for the position.

So what do people want?

"Someone who is a great communicator, someone who is a visible person, someone who is a strong personality in the sense of being able to make a decision and then follow it through. Interested in someone who is a good listener," said Mary Fasbender from Ray and Associates, a firm hired to help with the task of hiring a new superintendent.

The position became vacant when former superintendent Dan Nerad left for the Michigan School District earlier this year.

Applications for the superintendent position are due Jan. 7.