PITTSBURG — An input meeting for Pittsburg USD 250 was hosted by search firm Ray and Associates to find out what parents would like to see in the district’s future superintendent.

Ray and Associates was hired by the Pittsburg USD 250 Board of Education to help search for a new superintendent and later assistant superintendent.

Search Associate Ralph Teran said the information provided by the parents, community, faculty and staff will be used to provide questions the board will ask the candidates and also inform candidates on what the district and community is like.

“We have had many common themes … what you are looking for as superintendent is personalized as we do the search,” he said to the parents.

Search Associate Bartman and Teran asked the parents what they consider the significant strengths of the school district, the strengths of the community, the qualities they would like to see in the new superintendent, the type of management style of the superintendent, what they believe the critical issues the new superintendent will face and any specific questions they wish the school board to ask superintendent candidates.

Lifelong resident and parent Jennifer Vaugh said she believes community input is valuable when making a big decision such as selecting a new superintendent.

Vaugh said she agrees with having a firm do the selection to vet and help choose candidates.

“All of those logistics, as far as vetting proper certifications in place will be done systematically and through the right hands,” she said.

Mother of students in elementary, middle and high school Laura Sullivan agreed with Vaugh and said having a firm involved in the process has helped regain her trust in the district.

“I think that it was a good to regain the trust of community because of the whole principal incident,” she said. “So I think in order to gain trust of community, we definitely need to have the search firm.”

Sullivan said she trusts the associates after speaking with them during the meeting.

“In the short time we have been in here, I feel like I trust them,” she said. “I feel like they will do a professional and thorough job.

“Overall I think Pittsburg is a forgiving community and I don't think people will hold grudges, but will keep an eye on everything.”

Teran said the district would like to have the new superintendent selected by March 15 in order to be included in the search for the assistant superintendent.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.