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Site Council launches search process

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Minutes
Site Council/Parent Council Meeting 
Overview of Principal Search Process
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
 
Carla Steinbach, MPS Associate Superintendent, High Schools, said the goal is to have the new principal in place by start of the contract year July 1, 2019. 
 
Daniel Glass, MPS Human Resources Administrator for Strategic Projects, gave an overview of next steps in the selection process.
  1. All South High community stakeholders will be asked to complete a survey.
  2. The survey will be used to determine characteristics valued by the community in their vision for the next principal of South High.
  3. Glass will process survey results, and come up with a principal profile.
  4. The profile will be used as the measure HR will use to screen and evaluate principal candidates.
  5. Candidates, 6-8, will be interviewed by a representative group (parents, staff, students, community members) determined by the South High Site Council.
Glass said:
● This is not a district-driven process.
● This process is South High driven.
● HR is open to input and questions.
● The timeline for the survey distribution, deadline, are determined by South.
● He will use survey results to create the principal profile.
● The goal of the search process is to have a deep pool from which to draw—so establishing the profile as soon as possible is key, so as not to risk losing potential candidates to other district schools who are determining leadership roles for the next school year.
● Cannot emphasize enough that the profile established by the community will determine who is eligible to interview for the position.
● The process for selecting the interview team should be reflective of the community, again driven by the South community, (Site Council)
● Current pool of principal candidates answered a call, first posted in January.
● The pool is screened, assessed by HR and interviewed by the Superintendent and two principals. (Candidates also form a hypothetical plan for a school; describe a behavioral interaction with parent; conversation with a teacher.)
● The posting will stay open until the right candidate, as chosen by the South Interview Committee, is found.
 
Establishing the survey
Assistant Principal Mercedes Walker read the five questions on an initial survey created and shared by Human Resources.
 
Conversation ensued about making the survey less jargony, simpler to understand. 

AP Walker facilitated a quick evaluation of the current questions by gauging attendees affinity for questions by a show of fingers 0-5. All questions were deemed acceptable. Table groups were asked to look at the hard copy of surveys and write their suggestions for edits.
 
It was also suggested that the final drop-down menu indicate who is completing the survey, ie. student, staff, parents, community member.

It was agreed that all suggestions in written form at the meeting be coalesced and that the links to the survey be shared with attendees who wish to further study the survey and offer editing suggestions. 
 
A motion was made and accepted to finalize edits and tweaks to the survey at the next Site Council meeting, Monday, April 15, 6:30 p.m., Media Center/Library.
 
Agenda items:
Finalize survey.
Establish interview questions.
Establsih interview committee.
National search.