Board Asks for Public Input on Superintendent Search

The Shaker Heights Board of Education invited students and members of the community to share their opinions on the subject of the district’s next superintendent by completing an online survey or attending two public meetings in the next month.

The first meeting, in which the Board hopes to gain public input on “the desired characteristics and skills you would like to see in the next superintendent,” will take place Dec. 13, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the High School’s upper cafeteria. The second will be Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building.

The survey is available until Dec. 21 here.

Among other things, it asks the participant to choose the eight “most important statements to you as you consider the needs of the District and the ‘Desired Characteristics’ of its next leader,” from a list of 29 attributes.

After being Superintendent of the district for 24 years, Mark Freeman announced Sept. 4 that he would retire at the end of the school year. The board announced it had chosen the search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates on Nov. 12 to help it fill the position. The board held a special meeting in which a senior associate at HYA presented a timeline on the process of the search on Nov. 19. The board hopes to have a new superintendent in place by July 1.

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