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Company begins search for Pekin schools superintendent

By DIANE VANCE, Ledger staff writer | Nov 06, 2012

PACKWOOD — Ray and Associates Inc., the search company hired by Pekin Community School District to help hire a superintendent for the 2013-14 year, outlined responsibilities and priorities for the school board and recommended a salary range to advertise at an informational meeting Monday.

Community members, district staff, school board members and Gary Ray and Ryan Ray of Ray and Associates discussed selecting individuals from various groups of stakeholders to work with the search company over the next months to review criteria and attributes the various groups want to see in prospective applicants.

The district posted a survey on its website for a week for anyone in the school district, asking what the community is looking for in a superintendent. Ryan Ray said this morning 51 surveys were submitted.

At a 5p.m. Friday meeting, the school board will finalize promotional materials that will be available through an assortment of media.

The board agreed Monday to advertise for a superintendent with American Association of School Administrators for 60 days, in the Des Moines Registrar and on several websites presented by Ray and Associates.

Ray said the state average annual superintendent salary is $123,000, which includes large and small school districts. He also pointed out that average may or may not include tax-sheltered annuities or other salary related items and said that could skew the accuracy of the average.

He recommended the board establish a salary range of $120,000 plus an excellent comprehensive benefits package. The final salary will be negotiated and determined upon the proven experience, qualifications and meeting school board criteria.

Pekin school district hired an interim superintendent for this school year. Frederick Whipple formerly was school superintendent in Mediapolis and retired for two years when hired in July.

An interim superintendent was hired because the former superintendent John Dotson, who served three years in Pekin, resigned June 11, leaving the district at the end of June.

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