Carson City-Crystal Area Schools may have new superintendent by summer

By Jessica Beery • Last Updated 2:00 pm on Monday, February 20, 2012

CARSON CITY — The search has officially begun for the new leader of Carson City-Crystal Area Schools.
Bob Swanson retired as CC-C superintendent last August, but remains with the district as a financial consultant. Duane Ellis was hired as interim superintendent after Swanson retired.
The district hired NorthStar Staffing of Clio to organize the search for a new district superintendent.
Carl Hartman, a consultant for NorthStar, gave the school board a progress update at Monday evening’s regular school board meeting. He presented a superintendent profile, along with an estimated timeline of the search.
“This profile is a compilation of all board member comments,” said Hartman as he read through the desired characteristics for the future superintendent.
Hartman said the top three areas of “experience” desired were finance, curriculum development and good communication skills.
“We all agreed we’d like someone from an area similar to ours,” he said.
Hartman said the most desired “personal characteristics” of the new superintendent were ethics and integrity, human relations and the ability to make decisions.
“Leadership and communication keep coming back to the top,” he observed. “And ‘to be able to think out of the box’ came up a few times.”
School board members agreed that the job description would include those desired characteristics, in hopes that the best candidates will rise to the top quickly.
Hartman said the job will be posted within the next week or so, but NorthStar will continue the surveying process by asking teachers and staff about what they would like to see in their next superintendent.
“That’s good,” said School Board President Tom Wilcox. “We’ve had several inquiries from staff that would like input.”
Hartman said applications for the position will be due by the end of April, with a screening of applications following. Several rounds of interviews will follow through May, with the job offered to the top candidate by the end of May.
“By July 2012, we hope to have a supervisor on sight,” Hartman said.

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