Characteristics forum feedback to guide superintendent search process
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The Maize Board of Education earlier this month agreed to work with Topeka-based Kansas Association of School Boards in the superintendent search process. On March 9, board members approved Maize Superintendent Doug Powers' resignation effective June 30.

KASB employees on Tuesday met throughout the day with nearly 100 people from various USD 266 groups, including employees and community members. The process involved 19 principals/administrators; 14 students; four community members; five members of school Site Council groups, Parent Teacher Organizations and booster clubs; 21 assistant principals; 17 classified staff members and 16 teachers. One hundred and eighty-two people were invited to participate.

On Tuesday evening, members of the Maize Board of Education met in a special meeting to hear information from KASB about what kind of characteristics the Maize Schools community wants in its next superintendent.

Participants in all groups discussed:

  • the most important qualities or traits in the new superintendent.
  • strengths of the district the new superintendent will need to understand and support.
  • challenges of the district the new superintendent will need to be aware of and address. 
  • one term that will separate the best candidate from other qualified candidates.

After receiving the information from KASB, board members discussed the same topics. KASB will use the data, which is available to view via the Board Docs portal, in the process of screening applicants to ensure that they meet the district's needs.

Moving forward, the timeline is as follows: 

  • April 20: Application deadline.
  • April 22: The board will meet with KASB at 5:30 p.m. at the Educational Support Center, 905 W. Academy Ave. in Maize, to receive information about candidates.
  • April 27-May 1: Board members will meet and interview finalists.

The Maize Board of Education's next regular monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 13.

Board President Wendi White also clarified at Tuesday's meeting that members are interested in considering applicants with experience as a superintendent or a district-level administrator.

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