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Public input sessions in search for Springfield schools superintendent begins Monday night

Published On: Nov 08 2013 06:25:04 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 18 2013 04:59:24 AM CST
Norm Ridder, Springfield School District superintendent

Norm Ridder

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (edited news release) -

A series of community input sessions on Nov. 18-19 will kick off the Springfield School Board’s search for a new superintendent. The board says it wants to involve a wide variety of people in a dialogue about the characteristics and skills desired in the next superintendent.

“The leadership provided by our superintendent makes an impact throughout Springfield, so it is important that we seek our community's help in identifying its expectations of our new superintendent,” said School Board president Kris Callen.

Community members can attend one of 17 meetings at which they will be able to share their opinions about what qualifications are required of a successful superintendent.

The school board hired executive search firm McPherson & Jacobson to lead the superintendent search process. Representatives of the firm will facilitate the input sessions. Six meetings are planned for general community participation while others are targeted toward specific groups.

Here’s the schedule for the six community input meetings:

Monday, Nov. 18
6 p.m. Parents, students and community members, Glendale High School cafeteria, 2727 S. Ingram Mill Road

6:30 p.m. Parents, students and community members, Kickapoo High School cafeteria, 3710 S. Jefferson Ave.

7 p.m. Parents, students and community members, Parkview High School cafeteria, 516 W. Meadowmere St.

Tuesday, Nov. 19
10 a.m. Parents and community members, Kraft Administrative Center, 1359 St. Louis St.

6:30 p.m. Parents, students and community members, Hillcrest High School cafeteria, 3319 N. Grant Ave.

7 p.m. Parents, students and community members, Central High School theater, 423 E. Central St.

This school year is Superintendent Norm Ridder’s last at the helm of the Springfield School District. He notified the school board this year that he plans to conclude his tenure by June 30, 2014, when he will complete his eighth year in the district.