Survey seeks input on superintendent search

Shawn Hardy news@echo-pilot.com

The Greencastle-Antrim School Board wants to know what community members want in their next superintendent.

A survey on the district website is part of the process of replacing Dr. Kendra Trail, who is leaving the district at the end of June to become assistant executive director of Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12.

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is managing the superintendent search and will tabulate the survey results, which are due by the end of March.

PSBA also is advertising for the position and applications are being accepted through the first week in March, Tracy Baer, school board president, said at Thursday's meeting.

After the job posting is closed, candidates will be picked to continue with the process and be interviewed by the school board.

 The survey 

The survey will give the board "an idea what the community is thinking about ... what they want to see in a superintendent," Baer said.

People filling out the survey are asked to indicate if they are an administrator, community member, parent, staff member or student.

The second and third questions cover qualifications and experience needed by the next superintendent in the areas of adaptability, administration management, board relations, building programs, communication with legislature, community relations/involvement, comprehensive planning, current with legislative developments, curriculum/instruction, negotiations, parental engagement, personnel management/employee relations, public relations, school finance, special education, staff development, technology and other (with space to specify).

The fourth and fifth questions concern opinions for focus areas for the new superintendent. The list includes class size, communication, curriculum, finances/budget of the school district, government mandates, increasing student enrollment, integrating technology in the classroom, new buildings, professional development, leadership, safety, staff morale, student achievement, student morale and other (with space to specify).

The survey is on the home page on the district website:


People without internet access who would like to fill out the survey can call the district office at 717-597-3226, Ext. 5.