Communication, transparency top concerns for future superintendent

The Oklahoma State Board of Education held several forums for school staff, members of the community and business leaders on Sept. 17. During the community meeting, Stephanie Hyder, Director of Executive Search Services and Joe Siano, Associate Execute Director, explained the search process and gathered feedback.  

The Oklahoma State School Boards Association held several superintendent search forums in Chickasha on Tuesday. 

The last forum of the day was open to the general public. A small group, mostly comprised of teachers and other school staff, were in attendance. 

These conversational forums help the OSSBA gather data that may be used to formulate interview questions and set a standard for candidates, Stephanie Hyder, Director of Executive Search Services, said.

The attending group highlighted open communication, a student-centered approach, inclusiveness, visibility and a long-term commitment as desirable traits. 

Some were concerned that past controversies may have affected the image of Chickasha Public Schools and thus the district may have difficulty attracting a quality candidate. 

Hyder said there are superintendent applicants who are willing to take the opportunity to improve the district's image. Moreover, there are several districts in Oklahoma who face similar issues. 

OSSBA will continue their search and present a pool of candidates to the Chickasha Board of Education in mid-November. That list may be narrowed to one to three candidates by early 2020. 

July 1, 2020 is the projected start date for the new superintendent, however the new superintendent will likely have made several informal site visits before then, Joe Siano, Associate Execute Director, said. 

Siano said the Chickasha Board of Education has made an effort to be transparent and inclusive during the superintendent search process. 


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