Superintendent search under way in New Hartford; virtual focus group to meet

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The search for a new superintendent of the New Hartford Central School District has begun. An important part of the process, according to the district’s search consultant, is gathering community input about the attributes, experiences and desired skills for a new superintendent.

Focus groups are one way to solicit this information as well as identify priorities that the new superintendent should focus on in their first year in the district. Search Consultant Patricia N. Kilburn, Ed.D. will hold a focus group for district parents/caregivers, alumni and community members on Monday, May 3, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. An additional focus group, to begin at 7:30 p.m. on the same evening, will be made available should the registrations warrant an additional session.

Participation in the focus groups will be by registration only and will require about one hour of participants’ time. In order to prioritize safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus group will be held virtually, and because focus groups are intended to be representative of a larger population, participation will be limited to 30 participants per session.

Anyone interested in participating in a parent/caregiver, alumni and community member focus group, must complete the registration form at https://www.newhartfordschools.org/focusgroup or call Elizabeth Heil, board clerk, at 315-624-1218 by no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28.

During registration, people will be asked to identify as a parent/caregiver, alumnus or community member. Participants will be randomly selected via lottery according to these three categories.

All registrants will receive an email through SchoolMessenger by close of business on Friday, April 30, confirming whether or not they have been selected to participate. Anyone not selected to participate is encouraged to participate in the public, online survey on the district website at www.newhartfordschools.org, Facebook page and Twitter feed beginning on Monday, May 17.

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