The Dover Area School Board will conduct a survey to help with the search for a new district superintendent.
The board unanimously voted Monday to allow the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to conduct the two-question survey to help determine what qualifications the next superintendent will need and what issues, needs and challenges the new district leader should be prepared to address.
The association will survey students, staff, administrators, board members and the community. The survey will cost the district $350.
"The survey is anonymous and the PSBA has total control of the survey," said Terry Emig, president of the district's school board.
He said the survey will begin sometime next week and will run for two weeks.
The survey will be available on the district's website and by email. The survey's online link also will be publicized in community papers within the district.
Emig said the board also is looking into placing copies of the surveys in the Dover Area Community Library for people without computer access.
Questions: Though board member Kristen Ventre voted to approve the survey, she said she doesn't believe it's two-question approach will provide vital information needed for selecting a superintendent.
"We're elected officials," she said. "It's our job to (find) the superintendent."
However, fellow board member Stephen Cook said the survey's answers could show trends of what is important to the groups that participate.
Board member Kelly Mefford added the survey results could help the board determine how to interview candidates and determine which candidate would be best qualified to help improve the district.
Emig said the PSBA will inform the board of the survey's results, which will be passed onto the community. He said he doesn't know whether the results will be available by the board's next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.
Finding a leader: Emig said the board has a goal of hiring a new superintendent by July.
"That's what we're trying to do," he added. "But we want to make sure we have a superintendent before the start of the next school year."
The district has been without a superintendent since Robert Krantz retired from the position Jan. 6. The board voted to appoint Jason Conway as the district's acting superintendent. Conway had been hired in April 2013 as the district's assistant superintendent.
The board voted 5-4 on March 17 not to appoint him as the district's new superintendent, though he would be allowed to be a candidate for the position.
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