Yazoo City school board members met Friday morning and hammered out exactly what they want in a new superintendent. The Mississippi School Board Association will use the criteria as they assist the school district in the search for the next person to lead the district.
The criteria unanimously agreed upon are, the superintendent should hold:
• A masters degree in school administration/leadership with a doctorate preferred;
• Administrative certification in the state of Mississippi;
• A minimum of five years of successful experience as an administrator at the district and/or building level;
• A minimum of three years of successful experience as a classroom teacher;
• A record of knowledge and ability in the following areas: curriculum supervision, development and improvement of curriculum instruction, budget preparation and supervision, and strategic planning and goal setting;
• A documented track record of raising the achievement level of all students in the district;
• Experience in providing leadership for implementing a balanced education program, including academics, fine arts, band and athletics;
• A reputation of integrity, trustworthiness, leadership skills and a strong work ethic;
• Experience in implementing technology in the school district;
• Ability to work with others inside and outside the school district;
• Ability to develop positive rapport while provide strong leadership to teachers, administrators and other personnel in the school district;
• Concern and compassion for students, their families, the district and the community;
• A willingness for family to live within the school district and become an active part of the community.
In other school district matters, the trustees:
• Changed the December school board meeting to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15.
• Heard Trustee Dave Collins express dissatisfaction with the proposed consent agenda because he had not been advised of the items to be approved in a timely manner. Following discussion, all but one consent agenda item was tabled until the next board meeting.
• Heard school board attorney Briggs Hopson make suggested changes in the Mississippi School Board Association (MSBA) contract with the school district in the superintendent search. The trustees approved the contract.
• Agreed to get the MSBA to narrow the number of superintendent candidates down to five candidates. The school board will be responsible for interviewing those candidates.
• Discussed logistics in getting the community involved in the superintendent search.
• Approved the content in the brochure that will be used in the superintendent search.