On Wednesday, September 26, dozens of community members gathered at South High School to discuss their hopes and dreams for the next district superintendent. Many of the community members belonged to refugee and immigrant communities and the input they provided during this meeting reflected a vast array of backgrounds, cultures, languages and opinions.
Below are some of the most desired characteristics of a superintendent and the initiatives these community members hope will continue or change.
Teachers, students and high-quality infrastructure and instruction were among the top priorities for these community members.
Reflective of this input, was the desire for our next district leader to have the ability to ensure that all students, regardless of ability, will have a positive experience within DPS. Out of six choices, this received the most favorable votes.
Community members at the South High School meeting voiced their desire for equitable opportunities for students as well as diversity of thought in school leadership and governance.
Community members overwhelmingly said that the next superintendent should value diversity, equity and inclusion and have a demonstrated commitment to ensuring this is reflected in staffing at all levels—nearly 70 percent said that this was very important.
What are your top priorities for the school district? What do you want to see in our next district leader? Email SuperSearch@dpsk12.org and let us know. Our online community survey is also available until Oct. 12. Access the survey here.