Community Envisioning Education's New Leader; Students Involved in Effort to Define Qualities of School Superintendent

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Byline: Teresa Stepzinski

Students, parents, teachers and community representatives came together Monday night to define the character traits and skills they believe are essential for the next Duval County Public Schools superintendent.

Comprising 50 members reflecting Jacksonville's diversity and community stakeholders, the Envisioning Committee is tasked with helping the School Board determine the best possible candidate to lead the school district.

The committee met in the first of three meeting at the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership. Welcoming them, School Board members gave the committee an overview of the differing role of the superintendent and School Board and the committee's task. The board's role at this point in the superintendent search, Chairwoman Betty Burney said, is to listen to the community.

"We want everyone in the public, every citizen who wants to, to provide information to us with regard to the traits, the components of what it would take to be a transformational leader of Duval County Public Schools," Burney said.

Kahla Coney, a senior at Robert E. Lee High School, is among seven student representatives - all high school students - on the committee.

She said the committee is a good opportunity for the community, students, teachers and principals to get involved in selecting the superintendent. …