City Seeks Community Input on Superintendent Search, Launches Web Survey

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Ahead of next week’s superintendent search focus groups, the Haverhill Public Schools system seeks feedback from students, parents and city residents in a new web survey.

The survey, which can be completed anonymously, asks for input on the desired skills and abilities of superintendent applicants. It also inquires about significant issues those in Haverhill want the next superintendent to address, including communication with parents, professional development, student achievement and diversity of staff and student body.

Public focus groups are planned for Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Hunking School and Wednesday, Dec. 6 at City Hall to help consultants learn what the community would like to see in a new superintendent. Both sessions begin at 7 p.m.

School faculty and staff were invited to participate in separate focus group sessions.

Haverhill School Superintendent James F. Scully.

The city has hired the Massachusetts Association of School Committees to help manage the search and has an aggressive timeline to secure James F. Scully’s successor. At the end of January the names of three to five finalists will be submitted to the School Committee, with the final candidate chosen by February 16.

To complete the superintendent survey, click here.