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YOU MIGHT NOT be a fan of surveys, but before month's end you should fill out an important questionnaire concerning the Wilkes-Barre Area School District's future.

The online survey – accessible through the district's website – asks for input from area residents like you, whose responses collectively will be used in searching for the troubled district's next superintendent.

If you're a teacher, a taxpayer, an administrator or a parent, you should complete this survey. Same goes for you students. (No, it's not homework; think of it as voting on which "America's Got Talent" contestant will advance to the finals – only this outcome will have an actual impact on your life.) Are you a district employee in a non-teaching post or perhaps a board member? If so, you, too, should put in your two cents.

Overseen by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, the survey seeks to gauge attitudes about the district's most pressing issues and the skills desired in a new superintendent.

Responses will be accepted through Aug. 30, according to information posted on the district's website: http://portal.wbasd.k12.pa.us.

One portion of the survey asks participants to rate 15 "challenges, issues and needs that should be addressed." The categories range from professional development and student achievement to buildings and morale. Respondents evaluate each on a scale ranging from "not important" to "very important."

Similarly, you can prioritize the "the qualifications and experience you feel are needed by a new superintendent." Among the 15 categories: parental engagement, public relations, school finance and negotiations.

Considering how desperately Luzerne County needs family-sustaining jobs – and people with the skills to fill them – everyone from chamber of commerce officials to social service professionals should take an interest in what happens within Wilkes-Barre Area's school walls.

For three weeks, you have your chance to chime in about the district's next chief – the woman, or man, who sets the tone. Take the survey.

‘Super' power

Weigh in on the Wilkes-Barre Area School District's superintendent search via a survey accessible at the district's website. Or go directly to this address: www.surveymonkey.com/s/Wilkes_Barre_Search

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