The Mamaroneck School Board will hold two open community focus groups on November 2nd and November 5th to hear what Larchmont-Mamaroneck residents have to say about the schools and the hiring of the next superintendent, who will replace Dr. Paul Fried when he retires at the end of this school year. The board also plans to use the results of a questionnaire — now posted on their website – to generate community input between now and Friday, November 6.
“The input we receive will be instrumental to us as we move forward in selecting a leader to advance our schools into the next decade,” said School Board President Linnet Tse. “We see this as an opportunity to reach out to all segments of the school community to capture their vision of Mamaroneck Schools in the years to come.”
The November 2nd focus group will be held from 7:30-8:30 pm in the Hommocks Auditorium, and the November 5th focus group will take place from 9-10:00 am in the Hommocks cafeteria. Open to all members of the community, the focus groups will revolve around several key discussion points:
* Perceived strengths of the district
* Issues/challenges facing the schools
* Personal and professional characteristics desired in the new superintendent
Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, LTD (HYA), the firm hired to lead the superintendent search, will conduct the open community focus groups in addition to some 25 meetings being scheduled with different groups throughout the school community. (See: In A Challenging Climate for Supt. Search, Board Picks Consultants.)
The feedback generated through the meetings and online questionnaire will be used by the search firm to develop a “profile” of the new superintendent. (The two senior associates heading the search for HYA will attend the October 20th School Board meeting, where the community will have the opportunity to meet them and ask questions.)
“One of the most important aspects of a successful search is the careful and explicit definition of the criteria to be used in the selection process,” said HYA’s Dr. Bruce Dennis. “The focus groups will play a large role in defining these criteria.”
Ms. Tse said that once a profile has been developed, it will be shared with the community, and the HYA consultants will rely upon it as they work in the coming months to help recruit the candidates that are the best fit for Mamaroneck schools. “We hope everyone who wants to be a part of this choice will let their voices be heard between now and November 6,” she added.
According to Ms. Tse, the process following November 6 must remain confidential in order to attract the highest quality candidates. The board hopes to name a new superintendent on or before April 1.
For regular superintendent search updates, visit www.mamkschools.org; and for the questionnaire go to http://ww2.mamkschools.org/search/ The online questionnaire can be submitted electronically or returned in person to one of the collection boxes located in the main office of each school building.