Burlington Thinks Outside the Box for Superintendent

By Alex Rose

Published 08/12 2014 11:24PM

Updated 08/12 2014 11:30PM

Burlington, Vt.- A new school year, a new budget and the possibility of a new Superintendent.

Those were topics School Board Chair Patrick Halladay and others discussed at Tuesday night's meeting.

“As a parent in the district, I'm not happy to see all the programs go, but it's important also that we work within our means," Halladay said,

A $50,000 cut to athletics and a cut to the elementary Spanish program were just a few of many cuts made, but Halladay says this shouldn't make parents nervous.

"One thing I think that it's important for the board to express, and speaking as the chair, is confidence in the administration and the leadership in place but also with the first day of school just weeks away, in the teachers," Halladay said.

Leadership in the school board is pushing to recruit the best superintendent possible.

Burlington School District Human Resources Director Nikki Fuller says their first move is to bring in a search firm to get candidates from across the country.

“Who might be that person to lead up as our district changes, and we just don't have the resources to do that,” Fuller said. “So we think a search firm would be a great place."

Then they would form a committee of teachers, principals, board members, parents, students and community members to weigh in.

“It's standard procedure in a search to have an advisory committee like this that oversees, that is involved in the community input process, the interviews," said Board Member Brian Cina.

In mid September, the board hopes to hold community input forums to get a better idea of what makes the best candidate for the top job.

“In constructing not just the job description but what we're looking for from a superintendent," Cina said.

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