ANDERSON, Ind. —
8. Collaboration. The best superintendents work well with building principals, teachers, parents, community groups, the school board and the teachers' union.
9. World view. The superintendent should be aware of how education is changing nationally and across the world, and should be willing to borrow liberally from successful programs and policies implemented elsewhere.
10. Courage. Making the right decisions for the school system, even when they are unpopular, is crucial.
11. Transparency. Leaders who guard information breed distrust.
12. Student focused. In the end, it's all about what's best for the students and not necessarily what's best for teachers and administrators.
Chow's base salary, including a travel allowance, is $143,000. ACS may have to go beyond that in attracting a superintendent who embodies the qualities listed above. That's OK, within reason, as long as the school board doesn't fall into the trap of providing a golden parachute or other overly generous benefits.
With financial and enrollment stability finally achieved and some student standardized test scores and graduation rates generally rising, Chow has positioned the school system and his successor to take additional steps toward creating a school system that attracts rather than repelling students.
The board must cast its candidate-search net broadly and choose wisely.
In summary The Felix Chow era at Anderson Community Schools will soon be history, and it's time for the school board to look for a new top administrator.