“That will create more of an interest in this area, so I’m optimistic that those that apply for Northeastern will also apply to Saranac,” he said.
The board has opted not to survey district residents about the characteristics they wish to see in a superintendent this time around, as only 54 people participated in last year’s survey despite the promotion it was given.
The results of that survey, however, have been retained.
Saranac Central will appoint a stakeholder committee, comprising students, parents, community members, administrators, district office staff and instructional and non-instructional staff, to take part in the search.
Members of the previous search committee will be re-invited to participate, but the district will advertise for new members if needed.
In addition, the board has agreed on a new design for a promotional brochure, which will be sent to prospective superintendent candidates throughout the state.
It utilizes colorful pictures of the campus, students and community, as well as presents information about what both the district and region have to offer.
Board members agreed the new pamphlet is more eye-catching than the previous one.
Davey also suggested putting a link with promotional information on the district’s website, saranac.org, and possibly even creating an online video showcasing what Saranac Central has to offer.
“When someone wants to learn about a school district, the first place they go really is the website,” he said.
While the school’s last quest for a new superintendent was unsuccessful, it came at a cost of about $10,000, according to Davey; however, most of that will be reimbursed by the state.
“Last year, I don’t think we got bang for our buck,” board member Michael Rascoe said at the meeting.
“I’m far more excited about what I’m seeing here than I was at the first meeting last year,” added Board Vice-President Robert Brooks.
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