Community invited to give input on superintendent search
The community is invited to complete a survey and participate in one of two focus group meetings to provide input as part of Olympia School District’s search for a new superintendent.
Superintendent Dick Cvitanich, who has led the school district for the past five years, will retire effective June 30, 2017.
Superintendent search online survey
Parents, students, employees and community members are invited to complete a superintendent search survey. The brief online survey, which will be available online through end-of-day Thursday, February 2, will assist the Olympia School Board and the superintendent search firm in developing a leadership profile and position description that will guide the board’s selection of the next superintendent.
The survey, developed by the superintendent search firm, asks questions about the district’s strengths and challenges, as well as professional qualifications and personal qualities desired for the next superintendent.
Respondents are asked at the end of the survey to identify the group that best represents their role and/or relationship to the district (such as parent, student or community member); however, no names are requested to keep the responses anonymous.
Survey responses are submitted online directly to Northwest Leadership Associates, the superintendent search firm selected by the school board to assist with the search process.
Copies of the survey will be available by Tuesday, January 24 in school offices around the district for those unable to complete online. The district will forward surveys turned in at the schools to the search firm.
The district has scheduled two 90-minute community meetings to gather additional input. The board hopes to have representation from throughout the district, including parents, students, businesses, organizations, civic groups, faith leaders and city government representatives.
Information presented will be the same at both community meetings, so it is only necessary to attend one to provide input.
Tuesday, January 31: 11:30 a.m., Knox Administrative Center Board Room. The administrative center is located at 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.
Wednesday, February 1: 7 p.m., Jefferson Middle School. The school is located at 2200 Conger Ave. N.W., Olympia.
Spanish-speaking families are also welcome to attend a focus group on Monday, January 30 from 5-6 p.m. An interpreter will be available at the meeting, which is co-hosted by the district and Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia (CIELO). CIELO is located at 1202 Black Lake Blvd S.W. Suite B1, Olympia.
During all focus group meetings, community members will be invited to share about the district’s strengths and challenges, as well as professional qualifications and personal qualities desired for the next superintendent.
The district has also launched a Web page on the district website to keep people up-to-date about the superintendent search process. Visit the superintendent search district Web page.