The New Albany-Plain Local School District is asking residents for their opinions on the qualities the district should seek in a new superintendent.

The New Albany-Plain Local School District is asking residents for their opinions on the qualities the district should seek in a new superintendent.

SC Search Consultants, the firm hired in July to help facilitate the search for a candidate, has conferred with 70 of the 75 community "stakeholders" identified by the school board. The firm also is seeking input from the rest of the community via an online survey.

Residents interested in responding to the survey may access it through the school's website, www.napls.us, or by logging on to www.surveymonkey.com/s/napls_super, said Cindy Hilsheimer, managing principal of Columbus-based Search Consultants. Responses are requested by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26.

Hilsheimer said during the Aug. 23 New Albany-Plain Local school board meeting that the group of "stakeholders" includes 45 parents of students, 12 parents without children in the district, 17 community leaders, nine business leaders, four members of the citizens' financial advisory committee, 13 people involved with other community organizations, 16 district staff members, 16 members of the school community and three parents with children in private schools.

Many of the "stakeholders" overlapped into multiple groups, said Jeff Warner, district communications director.

Board member Mike Klein said after reviewing the responses, the board identified 100 attributes for the new superintendent.

Hilsheimer said though many responses were gathered, a common theme has emerged.

"The community is interested in a person that will move this district to excellence in every category you can think of," she said.

All responses from the survey and the "stakeholders" will be reviewed by the school board before a candidate profile is developed. The school board has scheduled a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at the district's administrative offices to complete the profile.

Hilsheimer said the timeline has been changed slightly because of a delay in reaching some of the community members the firm sought to interview.

But, she said, the school district still should be able to make an offer to a candidate before the end of the calendar year.

Staff members from Search Consultants recently toured the district to gain perspective for the search.

Jennifer Sullivan, director of recruitment and training for the firm, said after touring the campus that "it won't be hard to sell" the district to potential candidates. She said the campus has newer facilities and some state-of-the-art amenities.