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SPS Asks for Community Input in Superintendent Search

As Norm Ridder steps down, school board enlists help of executive search firm to find a replacement
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The Springfield Public School district is seeking the community’s help in choosing a new superintendent. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.

Since Norm Ridder announced this is his last year as superintendent,Springfield Public Schools has hired executive search firm McPherson & Jacobson to lead the search for his replacement.

The firm will host a total of 17 input sessions November 18 and 19 for different groups, including parents, students, community members, SPS employees, and union representatives.

Six of those 17 input meetings will be just for parents, students and community members.

The school district is asking those who have a stake in the process to attend one of the meetings.  There, you can share what you would like to see in the next superintendent.

To see a complete schedule of those meetings, which, again take place November 18 and 19, you can click here. Below are the details for the six input meetings for students, parents, and community members.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.

Input meetings for students, parents, and community members:

Monday, Nov. 18
           6 p.m.          Parents, students and community members, Glendale High School
      cafeteria, 2727 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, MO, 65804
            6:30 p.m.   Parents, students and community members, Kickapoo High School cafeteria, 3710 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, MO, 65807
            7 p.m.      Parents, students and community members, Parkview High School cafeteria, 516 W. Meadowmere St., Springfield, MO 65807
            Tuesday, Nov. 19
            10 a.m.     Parents and community members,  Kraft Administrative Center, 1359 E. St. Louis St., Springfield, MO, 65802
            6:30 p.m.   Parents, students and community members, Hillcrest High School cafeteria, 3319 N. Grant Ave., Springfield, MO, 65803
            7 p.m.      Parents, students and community members, Central High School theater, 423 E. Central St., Springfield, MO, 65802