District lists results of supt. search poll
Cranberry Eagle
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March 18, 2013

ADAMS TWP — Residents in the Mars School District want their new superintendent to be a leader with integrity.

The district announced the results of a survey regarding the search for a new superintendent. Superintendent William Pettigrew will retire in December.

Asked, “What are you seeking in a new superintendent,” the results showed that more than 89 percent of respondents chose “integrity” as vital from the 20 possible answers, followed closely by 87 percent for leadership.

“Communication skills” was the third most popular answer.

Top answers in the “not that important” column for the question was “facility management/construction” at 23 percent, followed by “special needs services” at 15 percent.

The survey was completed by 605 adults. Of those respondents, 402 listed themselves as parents. Community members and Mars teachers each made up 14 percent of respondents.

School district officials said 4.1 percent of potential respondents sent the survey back in.

School board President Dayle Ferguson said results of the open-ended question, which asks the respondent’s thoughts on the greatest challenge to be addressed by the new superintendent, will not be made public. She said the question was asked to provide the school board and search consultant “detailed and thoughtful perspectives regarding the district’s future and our next educational leader’s preferred experiences and talents.”

Ferguson said 360 people answered the question, and most mentioned the budget and district educational programs in their responses.

She said school board members this month will review and discuss the applications that have been received so far, which Ferguson called “well-qualified, multidisciplined and richly diverse.”