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December 5, 2013

Survey results reviewed

Next step in selecting new principal to take place at special meeting

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Another step in the process on picking Corbin High School’s new principal was taken Wednesday, when the school’s Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council unanimously approved the criteria to help them make that decision.

That came from a survey that was recently posted online, which let people list the top five criteria they would consider to be most important in selecting a principal.

Those results were released during the SBDM Council’s special meeting, held Wednesday at the Corbin Center.

Corbin Independent Schools’ Superintendent Ed McNeel told the council 329 persons — members of the community, as well as students and teachers — voted in the survey.

Those voting could choose from 16 answers already selected to be chosen, along with a section called “What other qualities should be considered?”, which let people type in their answer.

Of the 329 who replied, the number one criteria answer chosen was for the new principal was “Easily approachable and respected by students, staff and community; demonstrates ability to achieve and maintain a culture of respect for all.”

Among the Corbin High teachers who took the survey, that answer was ranked number two.

For the teachers, their number one answer was that the new principal “Possesses a management style that recognizes teachers as leaders; not a micro-manager.”

Second overall was that the new principal “Possesses personal qualities of integrity, honesty, high energy and passion for CHS.”

In third place, the overall answer chosen was that the new principal “Motivates students and faculty to achieve excellence.”

Survey takers chose overall as fourth was that the person “Possesses a strong focus and vision for CHS and can identify goals and measurable steps toward maximizing student achievement.”

The overall fifth place answer was that the new principal “Is actively involved and engaged in school activities, including extra-curricular and community events.”

The council noted overall that “there’s a lot of similarities between the public and the teachers on their selections.”

“I thought we had very good input. We had good response from the teaching staff at the high school, and from the community as well. The SBDM set a new standard by collecting information and getting the message out,” McNeel said about the survey results.

He added that 15 candidates have already applied for the principal’s position at Corbin High.

That job became open after John Derek Faulconer resigned last month to accept a position with the Knox County (Tennessee) Public Schools.

Faulconer, who had been principal of CHS since July 2001, will become principal at new magnet high school in Strawberry Plains, east of Knoxville. The school is expected to be open in August of next year.

Dave Cox, administrative assistant for the Corbin schools’ Central Office, is currently the interim principal of Corbin High.

McNeel said the council would take the information that was used from the criteria selected and use it for questions to ask during to the applicants who are chosen to be interviewed.

He also asked the council to consider if there were areas they could focus on — such as using data from test scores and performance reviews — when they interviewed the applicants.

“Our group doesn’t do anything until we’ve established the criteria. … After we screen the candidates down, then we do the interviewing. … Between now and the next meeting there will be a lot of activity going as we prepare to interview the candidates,” stated McNeel, who is on the SBDM Council, along with Tammy Gilbert, Jody Mouser, Debra Theodore, Brent West and Creston Waddle.

Along with approving the criteria for making the decision on hiring the new principal, the SBDM Council voted to have another special meeting at the Corbin Center at noon, Friday, Dec. 13.

During that session, the council will give final approval of the final questions to be used for the interviews. In addition, an executive session will be held to screen the applicants who have expressed interest in the position.

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