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Madison School Board Seeks Input on Superintendent Search

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The Madison School Board is asking the community as it begins its search for the district’s next superintendent, to replace Jennifer Cheatham, who left to pursue a teaching job at Harvard University.

This week, the board kicked off the search process by meeting with BWP and Associates, a national search firm which specializes in assisting boards that are seeking superintendents, according to a press release from the district.

“Selecting a new superintendent is the most important task we have as a board, and we are starting the process by asking our community for input,” Board President Gloria Reyes said in a statement. “Input and ideas from our staff, students, families and community partners will help us shape the profile of what we are looking for in our next superintendent.”

During the community engagement phase, the board and BWP will gather input from the community that will be used to create a unique profile of what the community is looking for from its next school district leader.

Community members can give that input through community forums on October 29 and 30, and through an online survey that will launch on October 15 at mmsd.org/superintendentsearch. Times and locations of the forums will be announced soon.

Information received from the community engagement process will be presented to the board along with a draft profile of leadership characteristics for the next superintendent by BWP in November. A full timeline of the search process is available at mmsd.org/superintendentsearch.

“To be successful, we need to work together with our community, we invite everyone to join this process,” Reyes said.