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Stakeholder input requested in search for new superintendent

The Norman Board of Education has embarked on a search for a new superintendent, following the recent news that Dr. Joe Siano will retire from the district June 30. The Board has enlisted the help of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA) in the search, and Norman residents soon will have an opportunity to participate in the process.

The OSSBA will facilitate online surveys and stakeholder forums for individuals to provide information about the qualities and characteristics they think are important for a superintendent to embody. Information gathered will be anonymous and provided to the Board of Education for consideration as they pursue a successful candidate.

“Over the past 17 years, Dr. Siano has strengthened our district and made significant contributions toward student success,” said Dr. Dan Snell, Board of Education president. “We are fortunate to have had his guidance and we are seeking a candidate who will continue this momentum and build upon this strong foundation. We are fortunate to live in a community that values public education. And, as a board, we feel it’s important to provide opportunities for stakeholders to participate in the search process.”

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide input through an online survey, which will be available until Jan. 27. Individuals are also encouraged to participate in a stakeholder forum, where they will be guided through a series of questions about the qualities they wish to see in the superintendent. Questions presented in the survey and forums differ, and stakeholders are encouraged to participate in both opportunities.

At stakeholder sessions, responses will be collected through a web-based program. While all responses will be visible to other participants in the session, respondents will not be identified and will remain anonymous. Participants must bring a laptop computer, iPad, tablet or smartphone to participate. If a personal smartphone is used, please be advised that standard messaging fees will apply.

Individuals are encouraged to participate in one of the public stakeholder forums listed below. Each session will last approximately one hour and will be held at the Nancy O’Brian Center for Performing Arts located at 1801 Stubbeman Avenue, which is on the north side of the Norman North High School campus.

  • Monday, Jan. 23 at 8 a.m. at the Nancy O’Brian Center for Performing Arts

  • Monday, Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Nancy O’Brian Center for Performing Arts

  • Thursday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Nancy O’Brian Center for Performing Arts

The Board of Education will consider the information as they proceed through the interview and selection process. Board members anticipate that a final candidate will be selected in March or April of this year.