Input Sessions for Superintendent Search
Public Events Begin Next Week
Kalamazoo Public Schools is launching an extensive campaign to solicit public input on the qualities the community wants in the next KPS superintendent. The district will hold 11 community input meetings throughout the district in October.
The district hopes to hear from students and their families; KPS alumni; district employees; service providers in public, private, and nonprofit sectors; employers; advocates; residents; and other interested stakeholders.
At each meeting, a Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) consultant will provide an overview of the search process and collect input on the qualities, experience, and skills the participants desire in the next superintendent. These meetings are only to receive input to inform the board’s work in developing selection criteria. The meetings are not to interview candidates. The board will interview candidates at future public meetings.
Community members are invited to share their perspectives at the following meetings:
Monday, Oct. 14 7 p.m. Maple Street Magnet School, 922 W. Maple St.
Tuesday, Oct. 15 2 p.m. Friendship Village, 1400 N. Drake Road
Tuesday, Oct. 15 7 p.m. Eastside Neighborhood Assoc., 1301 E. Main St.
Thursday, Oct.17 10 a.m. Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St.
Thursday, Oct.17 5:30 p.m. El Concilio, 930 Lake St. (translators available)
Thursday, Oct. 17 7 p.m. Kalamazoo Central High School, 2432 N. Drake Road
Monday, Oct. 21 7 p.m. Loy Norrix High School, 606 E. Kilgore Road
Tuesday, Oct. 22 12 p.m. Kalamazoo Public Library, Oshtemo, 7265 W. Main St.
Tuesday, Oct. 22 7 p.m. Galilee Baptist Church, 1216 N. Westnedge Ave.
Monday, Oct. 28 2 p.m. YWCA, 353 E. Michigan Ave.
Monday, Oct. 28 5:30 p.m. Northside Assoc. for Community Dev., 612 N. Park St.
In addition to the sessions for the public, several input meetings have been scheduled for staff. They are listed below:
Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.: Non-instructional staff (CEC Room 130)
Monday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.: Instructional staff (Loy Norrix Cafeteria)
Monday, Oct. 21 at 4:30 p.m.: Instructional staff (Loy Norrix Cafeteria)
Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m.: Non-instructional staff (Transportation, 824 Jackson St.)
Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.: Instructional staff (Kalamazoo Central Cafeteria)
Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m.: Instructional staff (Kalamazoo Central Cafeteria)
Input may also be shared via a confidential online survey available through Nov. 8 at: bit.ly/KzooSuptSearch. The survey is being administered by the MASB Executive Search team on behalf of KPS and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Survey results will be combined with input received from the community meetings and shared with the KPS Board of Education.
Former KPS superintendent Dr. Michael Rice was named the Michigan State Superintendent of Education in May. Deputy Superintendent Gary Start is serving as the Interim Superintendent for KPS. In August, the Board of Education selected the MASB Executive Search Services to help with its search for a new superintendent.The MASB is a service organization that supports the work of school boards throughout Michigan.
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