Super search shows progress

During the forum, Johns gave the audience a brief background on his 30-plus years in public school education. Although he is a superintendent in New York, Johns has served previously as a superintendent in Iowa and Michigan.

Johns explained the importance of focusing on the people within the school.

"To me, a school is more than a brick building," he said. "A school is made up of people; teachers, staff and students."

One of his main educational focuses is to sustain a school and help produce responsible, productive students.

"That is my mission, and I want to make sure we are on the same page," Johns said. "We need to make more kids more successful."

In light of the recent issues the district has endured, Johns said he believes the district can turn around.

{Q}"The district will get over its recent woes," he said. "The children's education and futures will not be compromised."{Q}

Johns also said that the LCSD needs to reinforce trust within the community and the district. He strongly believes that if a school board cannot trust their superintendent, then they need a new superintendent.

"The buck stops with me," he said. "I answer questions when they're asked."

In addition to making students successful and reinforcing the sense of trust, Johns said he wants the community to become more involved and know who he is if he is chosen to be the new superintendent.

In each school district he has worked in he said "everyone in the community knew my name and the children in the schools new my name."

Some of the current board members also attended the community forum before the group interview session. Board member Donna Marsh O'Connor said she was excited about Johns' visit to Liverpool.

"His closing statements said it all," she said. "He has a vision and he sees who we are as a community."

Although the search has been a long one already, BOE president Lawson said there is no exact time frame for when the district will make a final decision and appoint a new superintendent.

"We need time to interview him again and review input from the community," Lawson said.

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