Community encouraged to give input on search for Huntsville’s next superintendent of education

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - While the Huntsville City Board of Education continues looking for a new superintendent, the Alabama Association of School Boards is encouraging parents, guardians, community members and district employees to attend Thursday's public feedback meetings and fill out the online survey.

The engagement meetings will be throughout the day on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Huntsville Area Association of Realtors office at 535 Monroe Street, NW.

Here are a list of times:

  • 8:30-9:30 a.m.       For parents/guardians and all other interested stakeholders
  • 11:00 a.m.-noon   For school system and school administrators
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.       For school system employees (non-administrators)
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.       For parents/guardians and all other interested stakeholders

Participants in the survey and meetings will be asked the same basic questions:

  • How important is it that the next superintendent have experience in specific areas, including measurably improving the system’s performance, increasing the graduation and college-acceptance rates and cutting the number of students who need remedial courses in college?
  • Should the new leader have prior experience as an educator or school administrator or should he/she come from a non-education background?
  • What are the most significant challenges or issues facing the Huntsville City Schools now?
  • What characteristics – such as accountability, executive ability, collaborative nature or strategic thinking – will new leader need?

The data collected from the meetings and survey will be presented to board members in a detailed report during a public meeting tentatively scheduled for October 27.

The online survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Hville2016. The survey is open through Friday, October 21.