Greenwood County School District 50 Superintendent Search: Related News Stories

Official: Next District 50 leader needs to know about poverty

March 27, 2019 – In her time looking for leaders on behalf of companies and, occasionally, school districts, Shana Plott has never received as much community input as she had from the residents of Greenwood County School District 50.

Charles Lewis didn’t think it was enough.

Plott, whose firm District 50 hired to find a successor to longtime Superintendent Darrell Johnson, had a community forum Monday at the Genesis Center at Lewis’ request.

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Survey reveals D50’s strengths, weaknesses

March 8, 2019 – Greenwood County School District 50’s technology and facilities are great. Its administration is opaque.

That’s the majority opinion of the nearly 1,100 respondents to a survey administered by Coleman Lew Canny Bowen, the firm hired by District 50’s board to assist with its search for a new superintendent.

“We’ve done a lot of these surveys across my years of executive search, but I have to tell you, this one had far and away the greatest response of any survey we’ve ever done,” Shana Plott, Coleman Lew’s chief executive officer, told the board Wednesday afternoon. “It’s our understanding that it’s really not possible for one person to go and respond 400 times.”

In addition to surveys, Plott and her colleague, Robin Rogers, interviewed school support staff, teachers, administrators and students, as well as business leaders.

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District 50 seeks public input in superintendent search

February 26, 2019 – What traits would you like to see in a superintendent?

That’s on a list of questions Greenwood County School District 50 is asking the community as part of the search for its next chief educator.


Firm gives tentative timeline for District 50 superintendent search

February 19, 2019 – Coleman Lew, the firm conducting the search for Greenwood County School District 50’s next superintendent, gave a rough timeline for the search at February’s board meeting Monday night.

The first phase of the search, a “listening tour,” is already underway, said Shana Plott, the chief executive officer of Coleman Lew.

“It probably is the most critical step in the process,” Plott said. “We’re going to want to hear from a lot of you.”

Coleman Lew will host community meetings in Greenwood and craft an online survey. Plott also said she would be available for one-on-one conversations with residents who would like to provide input on what they want to see from District 50’s next superintendent.

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Greenwood County School District 50 selects Coleman Lew Canny Bowen to find their next superintendent.

February 6, 2019 – Darrell Johnson, Greenwood County School District 50 Superintendent, announced his impending retirement in December. District 50’s Board of Trustees interviewed three firms then voted unanimously to select Coleman Lew Canny Bowen to conduct the search for Johnson’s replacement.

Board Chairman David Trent said “Coleman Lew stood out with its commitment to gaining community input via forums and surveys.

“They seem to really bring a lot of expertise and a lot of their service in engaging the community,” he said. “Ultimately the decision is the Board’s, but we need help in hearing everybody out there in the community in what they think the profile of an ideal candidate is.”

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