Consultants Report Survey Results

At the Portsmouth School Board work session on Thursday, October 9, 2014, the executive search consultants assisting in recruiting a new superintendent delivered a progress report. Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) walked the board members through a PowerPoint Presentation (a copy of which is available here as a PDF download) identifying the stakeholder subgroups participating in interviews, focus groups, or online survey; strengths of the school system; challenges, concerns, and issues facing the schools; and desired characteristics of a new superintendent. A three-page matrix organizes the characteristic list by participant ranking across six subgroups: administrators, local businesses, community members, parents, students, and teachers/support staff. The highest ranked attribute was “listen to and effectively represent the interests and concerns of students, staff, parents, and community members”. (To see the meeting and hear the explanations from the HYA presenters, tune to PSET — Cox Channel 47 / FIOS 38 and 40 — or on demand from the PPS video stream.)

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