School board identifies traits it wants in new superintendent

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By Ashley King 

As part of its search for a new superintendent, the Oshkosh school board has compiled a list of qualities that the ideal candidate would possess.

Traits such as leadership, strong communication skills, a commitment to a “student first” mentality and the ability to “present a positive image of the school district” are examples of the qualities that will be sought in the replacement for Stan Mack II, who is retiring next year.

Stephanie Carlin, a member of the Oshkosh Area School District board, said the board is adding a quality to this profile that emphasizes the importance of being comfortable with “leading innovation and reform efforts.”

Carlin explained that the board felt Mack has left the district in a good place and that it is ready to move ahead.

“Stan’s shoes will be really tough to fill, but in the last five years we’ve grown to excellence,” said Beth Wyman, co-chair of Oshkosh4Education, a community organizing and advocacy group. Mack has placed the district in a position of success and growth, Wyman said.

The Oshkosh community has played a large part in the development of this candidate profile. The board conducted a survey that asked community members what qualities they ranked as most important and received roughly 800 responses.

The board is “pleased with the community’s involvement,” Carlin said. This is the “most engaged the community has been,” she added.

The board is hoping to have three finalists for the superintendent position by February.

“Whoever takes the job we want them to spend a day in the life of the superintendent,” said Carlin. The three finalists will visit the schools in the school district and have the chance to experience this community firsthand.

Photo: Oshkosh Area School District meeting earlier this month via Oshkosh Community Media.

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