LSC Update – December 2016

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December 14, 2016

Decatur Community,

At last night’s LSC meeting, the LSC voted to begin the process of selecting a principal to lead Decatur beginning next year. We are writing to outline how we expect the process to go, and to ask for your input. We will provide periodic updates, inform you of meetings and listen to your input. Please note that we will be deliberate and careful, but we will be moving as quickly as is responsible to remain competitive and to identify and retain the best candidate for Decatur.
There are several steps that are necessary in this process:
1. We will craft and post, via the CPS system, an advertisement describing characteristics and qualities applicants should possess. This is essentially a job description.
2. We will receive and screen resumes that candidates submit to CPS. We will narrow the field of candidates until we have identified an appropriate number of candidates for live interviews.
3. We will conduct interviews and narrow the field, eventually selecting a candidate.
At all stages of the process, we will consider your input. Your input can take numerous forms, including the principal feedback submissions we have already received, feedback you may submit going forward, and other potential options such as meet-and-greets, candidate statements and the like. Please note that you may submit feedback at any time by sending an e-mail to
The first step is for the LSC to create the advertisement that we will post with CPS. We intend to draft that advertisement at a meeting this Monday night at 5:30 p.m. at Decatur. Your attendance at this meeting is welcome but not necessary, as you may submit any feedback you’d like via the Decaturprincipal e-mail address. Please note that you may submit feedback at any time, but if you would like your feedback to be taken into consideration in crafting the job advertisement, you must submit it by this Monday, December 19.
We are requesting your feedback for any purpose, but are particularly interested in hearing the type of characteristics and qualities you would like to see in our next leader.
We will continue to update you regarding important dates and as the process unfolds. Thanks for your input.
Tim McCaffrey
LSC Chair
(Michael/4th, Will/3rd)

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