The Elwood Board of Education wishes to extend its thanks and appreciation to the entire Elwood community for its assistance in providing input in support of the Superintendent search. We thank all who have responded to the community survey, as well as those who have participated in the various stakeholder meetings.

There were hundreds of responses to the community survey, providing valuable input that rank orders the importance of various characteristics we should seek in our new Superintendent. As shown on the survey summary, respondents have identified as most important personal characteristics such as high moral and ethical standards, communication and leadership; along with high expectations for accountability, understanding effective teaching practices and being current on educational trends.

Our search consultants, Western Suffolk BOCES, met with 23 different stakeholder groups. The summary of the stakeholder feedback mirrors the input garnered on the community survey and focused the priorities of the district on education, finance and an inclusive culture. Western Suffolk BOCES has stated, “Stakeholders repeatedly expressed enormous pride and support of their public school system and notable satisfaction with the operation of the school district and the current superintendent, highlighting currently highly effective practices which should be continued.”

The identified characteristics, issues and needs will be incorporated into the candidate profile and will guide the interview process. The Board will begin interviews of candidates in early February 2016.