Citizens asked to participate in superintendent survey
by Emily Adams
SYLACAUGA — The Alabama Association of School Boards is asking citizens to participate in an online survey regarding the superintendent search for the Sylacauga School System.

The survey, available through each school’s website and Facebook, asks respondents to rate the importance of various qualities needed in a new superintendent. It also asks what significant challenges or issues he or she will face as leader of the School System.

“The survey is designed to give folks the opportunity to share the skills, characteristics and experience that the next leader of this School System needs,” said Susan Salter, AASB director of leadership development. “We want to be sure everybody who wants to weigh in has the chance to do so, because the results will be used as part of our screening process for applicants.”

The survey is completely anonymous and is open to everyone, regardless of their affiliation with the schools. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and will be available through Feb. 20.

Salter said nearly 200 people have completed the survey since it was posted Monday, but they are hoping for input from many more community members before it ends.

AASB, which was hired by the Board of Education to conduct the superintendent search, will open the application period for the position March 4 with an April 17 deadline. The search is primarily being kept within the state; however, Salter said they expect some applications from neighboring states as well.

The association will use the survey and other information to narrow the search to five applicants, who will then be recommended to the BOE for interviews. From there, the BOE should make an offer by late May and have the new superintendent in place by July 1 or sooner.

The incoming superintendent will replace Renee Riggins, who is retiring June 30 after 29 years in the school system.

The survey is available directly at the following website:

It is also linked to each school’s website as follows:

• Indian Valley Elementary School —

• Nichols-Lawson Middle School —

• Pinecrest Elementary School —

• Sylacauga High School —

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