The first of many Springfield Schools Superintendent Search Meetings has come and gone with less than a dozen people in attendance.
The Tuesday night meeting at Grant Middle School saw only about a dozen residents from the area. However, Ed Olds from School Exec Connect, the search firm tasked with finding the next District 186 leader, said he’s heard plenty of feedback from the people.
“Finances are a challenge, we’ve heard that. We’ve heard that the person needs to be a collaborative person, needs to be able to work with diverse groups, needs to listen but be able to make a decision.”
Input from the small crowd included many other details on challenges a future superintendent would face, like diversity, Springfield politics and more. One idea from a recognizable face, that of Sangamon County Auditor Paul Pallazzolo, was that local candidates should be sought out.
“I think that somebody from here would have a head start in knowing the plains to navigate and the waters to traverse through and know the right roadmap already.”
Olds certainly agreed with that idea.
“If you can grow your own, that’s a great idea…somebody who’s local is certainly one who has a shot at it.”
Olds still predicts the next superintendent won’t take office until July 1, 2014.