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Board seeking input on superintendent search

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SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Education is seeking community and staff input as it begins the search for a superintendent. The board aims to use that input to define the qualities and characteristics it wants in a new leader.

Here’s how the public and school system employees can help.

Community survey — The board invites students, parents and Johnstonians to take part in a community survey that can be accessed and completed online at The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, Feb. 26. The N.C. School Boards Association, which is conducting Johnston’s superintendent search, plans to compile, summarize and present the survey results to the board of education at its meeting on Tuesday, March 10.

Staff survey — All employees of the Johnston County public schools may complete a separate online staff survey. Details about how to complete the survey will arrive via employee email. The deadline to complete that survey is also Wednesday, Feb. 26. The School Boards Association will present the results to the school board on March 10.

Statements from community groups — Local groups may submit written statements on the leadership qualities they consider important in the next superintendent. Statements should be submitted to Allison Schafer via mail at NCSBA, P.O. Box 97877, Raleigh, N.C. 27624; via email at; or via fax at 919-841-4020. Statements are due no later than Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Public comment — Students, parents, other members of the community and staff may sign up to address the board during the public comment period of one of the upcoming regularly scheduled board meetings. The next meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 11 and March 10 in the Evander Simpson Building, 2320 U.S. 70 Business East, Smithfield. Those wishing to speak must sign up before the meeting begins.

In a statement accompanying its request for input, the board said, “Our employees and community members continue to request that a national search be conducted because our staff, students and community deserve the very best superintendent we can find.”