FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The search for the new Fort Wayne Community Schools superintendent is ramping up.
Dr. Wendy Robinson is retiring at the end of the school year after spending the last 17 years as superintendent. She began her career with FWCS 47 years ago.
Two more meetings are scheduled for this week:
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1 p.m., Family and Community Engagement Center, 230 E. Douglas Ave.
Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m., Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road
Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, the firm hired to help with the search for her replacement, is holding community input meetings this week.
Parents, teachers and community members are able to share what FWCS is doing right, challenges facing the district and what they would like to see in the next superintendent.
"Put someone in place that can do an even better job than Dr. Robinson has, even though that's a tall task," said Noah Smith, a FWCS parent.
Smith said finding a new superintendent shouldn't be too hard.
"I think this is probably going to be a premier job destination for someone in that role," said Smith.
Strengths people at tonight's meeting included community support and being financially stable. Many challenges stemmed from the same issues behind last month's Red for Ed action day in Indianapolis and decisions coming from the statehouse.
"It's not a fire they are coming to put out and then try to rebuild a house. The house is built. We need to get some additions to it and do some cosmetics is what we think," Smith said.
Dr. Jim Morse, one of the consultants, agreed FWCS is in a good position for a new superintendent.
""We are excited about this search because it's a great district and we are impressed by the board members," he said. "We go after these people who are really doing an outstanding work where they are now and would like an opportunity like Fort Wayne."
Smith said whoever is in charge, whether it be someone already working in the district or across the country, they need to be ready.
"We're hoping for someone who comes out loud and passionate about these key issues, makes their voice known and heard," said Smith.
Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates will present their findings to the school board later this month.
The board is expected to hire a new superintendent by the end of the school year.