September 21 Deadline
7:58 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Survey in Macomb Superintendent Search

The Macomb Board of Education is conducting an on-line survey to gather community input on the desired qualities for the next superintendent.

Board President Robert Shouse said hard copies of the survey are also available. They can be obtained at all of the district's buildings.

The deadline for responding -- whether on paper or on-line -- is September 21.

He said other ideas for gathering community input are also being considered.

“Maybe a forum similar to what the League of Women Voters does around election time,” Shouse said. “There may be something where the community is invited to come in and just give their input.”

Macomb School Board President Robert Shouse
Macomb School Board President Robert Shouse
Credit Rich Egger

He said the board is discussing options but has not made a decision.

Shouse said the board already has an idea of what qualities it desires in the next superintendent.

“Of course we want someone who can work well with the board. Someone who delegates the responsibilities to his or her staff but yet they're still held accountable to the board. Someone who can maximize the financial resources of the district. Leadership in short and long range goals,” Shouse said.

Six years ago the district hired a search firm to conduct the search but this time around it is receiving assistance from the Illinois Association of School Boards. Shouse believes this will give the district more control.

“We wanted to make sure that the criteria that is set for the candidates is our criteria,” Shouse said. “(For example) We actually wanted more candidates to be able to look at to make a choice from than what we had last time. It's little things like that.”

He said the search firm gave the district five candidates to consider during the last search.

Shouse said the board would like to choose the next superintendent by February or March. Current Superintendent Alene Reuschel will retire after the current school year.