The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 24, 2013

City schools release superintendent survey results

By Jean Cole
jean@athensnews-courier.com

— Athens city school board members are looking for a new superintendent of schools?

Should they opt for the Clint Eastwood movie type — tall, mean and dusty or the Mary Poppins movie type — firm, kind and gentle?

Some 228 parents, school employees, students and Athens citizens have spoken about what they are looking for in a new leader. They revealed these desires in a recent online survey posted by the search firm helping the school board find a new superintendent.

Generally, respondents want a good listener who is approachable and humble. Someone who can live within the budget but be creative at finding money. Someone who can make tough decisions and withstand opposition but remain flexible. Someone who can expand opportunities for students geared toward the trades and technology.

These are just some of the preferences revealed in the survey ...