The Mansfield school board will be looking close to home for its next superintendent.After announcing plans to hire a search firm to replace Bob Morrison, 49, who left the district in February for the superintendent post in the Garland district, trustees changed their minds Tuesday night after hearing positive survey results from staff, parents and students.“Everyone said we like the things going on in the district, we just need to change how they are implemented,” said board president Beth Light. “The staff is very supportive of what is going on. If it had been all negative, the board would have taken different action.”Results from a survey by Cambridge Strategic Services conducted over the past two months showed that the new iPad program was very popular, those polled wanted to change the eight-period day for middle and high school students.David Baldner, who presented the results to trustees at Tuesday night’s board meeting, said that the 1,273 people who attended forums and completed surveys were all positive, even when asking for change.After hearing the results, trustees adjourned to discuss the nine search firms in closed session, then moved to look internally only for their next superintendent.“We just decided to look internally instead of spending $20,000 to $50,000 for a search firm,” Light said. “We needed to go back into closed session to discuss personnel because we can’t discuss personnel in public.”That could mean that the board is looking at interim superintendent Jim Vaszauskas, who was promoted from associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction after Morrison announced plans to leave.“I’m going to apply,” Vaszauskas, 56, said. “I think the result of the survey is that the community likes the way the district is going. I think it’s a vote of confidence for us, everybody. The district is moving in the right direction.”The position will be posted for 10 days, Light said, then the board will have to wait at least 21 days by state law to offer the new candidate a contract.“Definitely by the start of the school year there will be somebody in place,” she said.
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