The Dallastown Area School District's Superintendent Search Committee had a stakeholder input meeting Wednesday night to capture the public's thoughts and recommendations for what skills, knowledge, and abilities to look for in a new head of the district.

"The goal is to have a new superintendent in time for the next school year," said Don Jasmann, chair of committee. "There is a lot of work between now and then to figure out the right fit for the district."

During the meeting, residents were asked to anonymously write down what they wanted in a new superintendent. Those attributes were then written on a board for all to see.

One note called for a leader who would "Not be afraid of getting back to basics and having a common sense approach."

Others said they wanted someone who is approachable, not fake, has good people skills and dialogues with students.

Several community members also wrote they would rather see the new superintendent be someone from the area.

Jasmann said that a common theme in the staff and administration stakeholder meetings has been to find someone that would understand the customs and background of the district.

"I want to be happy paying my taxes," Jim Seitz of York Township said to the committee. "I've been dissatisfied for a number of years."

A superintendent search survey on the school district's website has received feedback from more than 570 community members.

According to Jasmann, 10 applications have been filled out for the position so far.

The committee stressed that when checking references they are "getting to bottom-level references" by visiting the past or current districts of the applicants and reading between the lines while talking with teachers, administration, and students.

Take the survey

The survey is available on the district's web site at www.dallastown.net. For those unable to take the online survey, surveys are available at the administration building, 700 New School Lane, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A phone number has been provided for those unable to complete the survey in either form, 244-4022 ext. 4997.