Asheville City Schools carried out a extensive campaign to solicit input from students and their families, ACS alumni, our educators, educators in higher education, decision-makers and service providers in public, private, and nonprofit sectors, employers, advocates, new residents and other interested stakeholders on the characteristics, experience, and skills they most desire in our next superintendent. The Board invited everyone in our community to participate and engage in the process.
Input forums were scheduled from 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM on these dates:
- August 01, 2019 at Asheville Middle School
- August 07, 2019 at Ira B. Jones Elementary School
- August 12, 2019 at Montford North Star Academy
- August 22, 2019 at Arthur Eddington Center
- August 26, 2019 at Hall Fletcher Elementary School
- August 29, 2019 at North Asheville Library
- September 4, 2019 at Vance Elementary School - En Español
Additional public input forums took place via Facebook Live on August 28, 2019 at 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
The Board of Education also hosted an input forum in conjunction with Asheville City Schools' first Homework Diner of the 2019-2020 school year. It took place on Tuesday, September 24th at Asheville Middle School.
Questions that were discussed during the Superintendent Search Community Forums include:
- Why is it important for you to be here?
- If you had 30 minutes to spend one-on-one with a superintendent candidate, what three questions would you like to ask them?
- Ranking each item from 1 - 10, which characteristics are most important to you?
- Classroom and administrative experience
- Trusted by the community and staff
- Logn-term commitment to the district and our community
- Visible throughout the district
- Community knowledge that informs equity decision/programs
- Instructional leadership
- Relationship builder with key stakeholders
- Keen communication skills as both a listener and spokesperson
- Experience in a district/community with similar demographics
- User of both successes and failures to grow as a leader
Results from the first 10 Superintendent Search Community Forums were presented to the Asheville City Board of Education during their September 9th Work Session and Regular Meeting. An analysis of these preliminary district findings can be found here.