Sessions ask Walla Walla residents what they want in the next school superintendent

Residents will have a chance to say what they hope the School District will look for in a new superintendent.

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WALLA WALLA -- Area residents, and parents with children in Walla Walla Public Schools, will get the opportunity on Tuesday to give feedback on what they are looking for in a new superintendent.

Two public sessions, one for parents and one for community members, will be held at the district's board room, 364 S. Park St. The first session, from 12-1:30 p.m., is open primarily to the greater community. A session from 5-6 p.m. is targeted for parents with children in the public schools. Community members may attend the 5 p.m. meeting, and parents may also arrive at noon, if unable to show at the specified time.

Earlier this fall, Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Richard Carter announced he will be retiring at the end of the current school year, in June. Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan is also retiring at that time.

The School Board has contracted John Fotheringham of Northwest Leadership Associates to conduct the superintendent search. Fotheringham will be available Tuesday to solicit opinions from staff, and parents and community members during the scheduled meetings.

"The board of directors desires to have significant involvement of district residents and district staff members in determining the qualities we want in the new superintendent," School Board President Mary Jo Geidl said in a statement. "Please take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the initial phase of the superintendent selection process."

Input forms are available at the district's office, and each school, for those unable to attend a meeting. An electronic survey is also available at www.wwps.org.

The School Board is also holding its own work session from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the district board room, to further discuss the superintendent search. The work session will be followed with the board's regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. The regular meeting will include a light reception for Geidl, who is retiring from the school board. All meeting are open to the public.

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