Public input wanted on search for Hopewell superintendent

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - The search for a schools superintendent is underway and your input is wanted. On Thursday night, Hopewell residents will have a chance to weigh in on what qualities they'd like to see in the person selected for the job.

Andria Hill is used to serving up pies at work. When it comes to her four grandchildren she wants them to be served a good education.

"Education is important - the school system is important," said Hill.

She's adamant about what characteristics the next superintendent of schools should possess.

"Interested in educating our kids -- interested in being here for a while," she added.

Hill says more activities are needed for students. She'd like to see the district's 71% graduation rate increase.

"You need someone who is understanding - that's key. So, he - she or whoever will have to understand the problems in the area and try to find solutions," said Hill.

It's information the school system wants to hear as it begins its search for a superintendent. Residents will have a chance to voice their opinions.

"The superintendent's role is to lead the school system and it impacts everyone in the community whether you have children or not," said consultant, Steven Staples.

The district has hired a consulting firm to gather community input and to search nationwide for qualified candidates.

"We'll develop what we call a leadership profile - that profile will be a reflection of what people in the community, inside and outside of the school system, talk with us about and that becomes our working papers to say this is who we ought to recruit," he added.

The search is expected to take about three months. Hill is hopeful the right person will be picked for the position.

The former schools superintendent retired in June. There is an interim superintendent. The school district hopes to have someone permanently in place by January.

The superintendent search meeting will take place Thursday evening, August 4th, at Carter G. Woodson Middle School in Hopewell. It will start at 7:45 p.m.

If you can't make the meeting you can go to school district's web site or to the school board office and pick up a superintendent search survey to submit.

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