Search for superintendent seeks community input

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – Public opinions are being sought for the next phase of the Taylor School District Board of Education’s search for the district’s next superintendent, both at an open forum this week and through participation in an online survey.

Supt. Diane Allen invited parents and community members to the open forum at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the library at Kennedy High School, 13505 Kennedy Drive. The session will be conducted by Rod Green, who was named as consultant for the search by the Michigan Association of School Boards.

Allen said the forum, “will provide an overview of the search process and receive input from administrators, school staff and community members regarding the criteria for evaluating candidates.”

Allen submitted her resignation to the district, with plans to end her 40-year education career in June 2015. Allen agreed to remain in office through the end of the 2015-16 academic year, ideally with overlap to better transition her successor.

School Board President John Reilly said the board’s initial search failed to identify a mutually agreed-upon candidate for the position. Last month the board met with representatives from the MASB to enlist that panel’s assistance in a broader, regional search for the next top administrator.

The board will follow Monday’s forum with a workshop Tuesday to develop final selection criteria, and expects to conduct interviews in January. Ideally an offer will be made by February.

Along with Monday’s open forum, residents are invited to participate in an online survey of what qualifications a superintendent should most have to serve the district.

For more information on the superintendent search or to fill out the online survey go to

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