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Superintendent search survey results released by school board

— Cazenovia school district residents want their next superintendent to be experienced and inspirational, with integrity and strong leadership skills, according to the results of the recent community survey, which were discussed at the Nov. 20 board of education meeting by Jody Manning, OCM BOCES district superintendent, who is also heading of the Cazenovia CSD search for its next superintendent.

More than 250 residents of the Cazenovia school district completed the online survey, which was live from Sept. 25 to Nov. 13, and asked what qualities and characteristics they would like to have in the district’s next superintendent.

The survey was part of the school board’s search to replace Superintendent Bob Dubik, who plans to retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

The fact that 256 people took the survey was “a very impressive number for all the superintendent searches I’ve done,” Manning said. He said he was also impressed by the number of comments made at the end of the surveys, which “shows people have pride in their district.”

In the various survey categories, the top selections stated that respondents want the next superintendent to have experience as both teacher and principle, to be someone who inspires and motivates both students and staff, who has integrity and also experience with finance and budgets, and someone with strong leadership skills who will be visible and accessible to the staff, students and Cazenovia community.

Manning said that in addition to the various characteristic rankings, many of the survey respondents also wrote general comments at the bottom of the survey, which shows that people really took their time with the survey and wanted to help the school board in making its hiring decision.

The board will now look at the results and at Manning’s analysis of the results and take them into consideration as it continues the hiring process. The results will be posted on the school district website.

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