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Meeting about school superintendent search doesn't generate much interest

Posted at 11:25 PM, Jan 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 12:09:39-05

The Clark County School District is holding a series of meetings to gauge public opinion on the superintendent search, but few people showed up to the first one.

Tuesday, about a dozen people gathered for a meeting held at Clark High School.

Attendees were asked a series of questions regarding the superintendent search. 

Those who spoke expressed desires for a superintendent who is dedicated to spending several years in the leadership role.

RELATED: Clark County School District looks to hire superintendent by April

Others want to see someone who will put students first and a leader with experience in management. 

"We need to see what other districts are doing correctly," said Yvette Bell who has four grandchildren enrolled in CCSD. 

Whoever gets the job will be taking on the fifth largest school district in the U.S. all while it undergoes a reorganization. 

The "reorg" will take certain powers away from the superintendent and hand it to school principals and individual school communities. 

Trustee Carolyn Edwards said the board will be transparent with candidates about that. 13 Action News asked her if she thinks that might deter top-tier candidates from applying. 

"I think some people will not apply for the position because of the reorg, but I think there are a lot of people who will apply because of the reorg," Edwards said. "There are people I think nationally who think this is a very interesting thing the state has done and would like to come see it through." 

The superintendent along with the Board of Trustees are still responsible for setting policy, making budget decisions, and other important duties.

That's why parents thought it was so important to chime in on the job search. 

Information of future meetings can be found here.