Residents of the Rock Island School District can help find a new superintendent. The district has posted a survey on its website, asking for the background and abilities they value most.
There's a list of 33 "qualities" and residents are asked to pick what they consider to be the ten most important. They range from leadership and communication skills, to whether they have a Ph.D, and are "strongly committed to a student first philosophy."
Survey respondents can also write what they think candidates should know about the school district and the community.
The survey will close on September 24th and results will be presented to the school board on October 2nd so it can work out a final "profile" for the next superintendent.
The goal is to hire a new superintendent in December - he or she will replace Mike Oberhaus who will retire next year. He's led the district since 2010, but first began his career with the Rock Island schools in 1986 as supervisor of payroll and accounting.