The Journal Gazette
Thursday, November 28, 2019 1:00 am

Help pick new chief for FWCS

Online survey, meetings set

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Time is running out for those wanting to submit input online about Fort Wayne Community Schools' superintendent search.

But those preferring to give feedback in person will soon get their chance.

The firm hired to help the school board with the search process will host three community meetings next week. Meetings are set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at South Side High School, 3601 S. Calhoun St.; 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Family and Community Engagement Center, 230 E. Douglas Ave.; and 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road.

Superintendent Wendy Robinson will retire in June after helming the district for 17 years. She has worked for FWCS for 47 years.

The consultants from Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates are seeking the public's thoughts about the state of FWCS, the district's future and traits the next superintendent should have, said Krista Stockman, FWCS spokeswoman.

It's important to find an administrator who is right for FWCS, not just an administrator who can conduct the responsibilities of a superintendent, Stockman said.

“The board really wants to hear from people of all areas, all parts of the city,” she said Wednesday.

Stockman said parents, FWCS employees and business owners are important voices in the discussion, as is the general public.

Separate sessions with focus groups targeting parents, business leaders, government officials and church leaders also are planned, Stockman said.

Those unable to attend a meeting next week can provide input via a survey at Responses are due Friday and will be kept anonymous and confidential.

The community's input will contribute to a full job description, which is expected to be developed by mid-December, Stockman said. The superintendent opening is already posted.

The consultants will do the initial round of vetting to ensure applicants are qualified, Stockman said. The timeline includes interviews in April with an announcement in May, she said.

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