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Posted: Monday, November 2, 2015 7:47 pm

The Madison School Board reviewed the priorities among school district staff and community members on hiring a new school superintendent when its members looked at the findings from a search survey that was conducted last week.

The school board members held a special meeting on Monday to discuss the survey results. They also received an introduction to a possible timeline for finding and hiring a superintendent to succeed Vince Schaefer, the current superintendent with the Madison Central School District.

Tom Farrell, school board president, reported that the survey, which was conducted both online and with hard-copy forms, received 44 responses from district staff members and 38 responses from community members.

Among the top qualities that that the survey responders valued most were high ethical standards and the ability to work effectively with others in the community. The survey takers also placed a high value on possessing the ability “to use a systems approach” to develop plans and set goals and having a culture of high expectations.

Farrell told the board members that he expected that officials with the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, the organization contracted to assist with the superintendent search, should have a draft copy of a superintendent job description available at the end of this week. He also proposed that school board would have the opportunity to approve a final draft of the job description during its Nov. 9 meeting, and the superintendent search could start on Nov. 10.

The proposed schedule would have candidate interviews taking place in late February.