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Two Input Sessions on Wicomico Co. Superintendent Search Tonight

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SALISBURY, Md.- Two input sessions will be held on Wednesday night for the Wicomico County superintendent search.

The search is on for the next leader of Wicomico County's Public School System. Back in June, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen announced he would not be seeking a third term in his position; instead, he plans to retire.

Delema Hopkins has two stepchildren who both attend schools in Salisbury. Hopkins only hopes the next top leader of public schools will come with the following qualities.

"Really good qualities in a leader is to be open, understanding and honest," Hopkins said. "Just be real."

Dr.Fredericksen became Wicomico County School Superintendent in 2008. He renewed his second four-year contract in 2012. School officials said he broke the news about retirement early to the give the board enough time to conduct a superintendent search.

Tonight, the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) will hold two Stakeholder Input Sessions for the search. The community is urged to come out. The forums will be held at two locations: the cafeterias of both James M. Bennett High School and Salisbury Middle School at 7 p.m. Staff will give their input at 4 p.m.

During the sessions, people will be asked to identify positive things happening throughout Wicomico County and the public schools. Questions about the kind of qualifications the next superintendent should possess will also be asked. Lastly, opinions about the challenges a new leader may face will be sought too. 

Hopkins said she thinks the next superintendent may face some skepticism because of the amount of responsibility that comes with the position. 

When asked how she thinks the person will overcome that, she said he or she will have to "just keep a positive outlook."

If you are not able to make it out tonight, email responses will be accepted through Friday. You can submit them to kblumsack@mabe.org or mail your responses to Kathryn Blumsack at 631 Ridgley Avenue St. 300, Annapolis, MD 21201. 

Here is a look at the presentation, .
 

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