Input Opportunities
Board of Education Actions after Input, Superintendent Search Stakeholder Sessions, and Open Door
Posted on 09/29/2015

Board of Education Approves Supplementary Reading Materials, Boundary Change at Sept. 8 Board Meeting

At the September Board meeting, the Board approved on 2nd and final reading (after having provided the opportunity for public input):

Supplementary text for elementary reading, Grade 3: The Dolphin Tale by Emma Ryan

Middle school supplementary novels, all for Grade 8:

Itch by Simon Mayo

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

At the September Board meeting, the Board approved on 2nd and final reading:  

West Salisbury/North Salisbury/Delmar Boundary Adjustment, adjusting the boundary line for the West Salisbury/North Salisbury and Delmar Elementary attendance areas to include all of the Pond’s Edge Subdivision in the West Salisbury/North Salisbury attendance area. This boundary change was for undeveloped property attached to the Pond’s Edge subdivision. The Board approved this item on 1st reading at the July Board meeting, tabled the item at the August Board meeting, and voted to approve it at the September meeting.


Superintendent Search Stakeholder Input Sessions Wednesday, Oct. 14

The Wicomico County Board of Education has begun the search for a new superintendent, and on Oct. 14 the entire community will have the chance to help guide the search process. The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), which the Board has hired to conduct the superintendent search, will hold Stakeholder Input Sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 in two locations: the cafeterias of both James M. Bennett High School and Salisbury Middle School. These 7 p.m. sessions will be for the entire community: parents, students, business leaders, community members, public officials, and other interested parties. Both locations will also host Stakeholder Input Sessions for staff at 4 p.m. that day.

At all of the Stakeholder Input Sessions on Oct. 14, participants will be provided a brief presentation about the superintendent search, will participate in group discussions, and will be asked to answer three questions:

  1. What do you feel are the most positive things about Wicomico County and the Wicomico County Public Schools?
  2. What characteristics and qualifications do you feel a superintendent should possess?
  3. What challenges do you think the new superintendent will face?

The Board will use responses to these questions to shape the recruiting process for a new superintendent. The position of superintendent for Wicomico County Public Schools will be advertised starting in November, with applications due by the end of January. In February and March, applicants will be reviewed, ranked, and screened, with some candidates having an initial, standardized interview for the post. Once the search has narrowed further, a smaller pool of candidates will have a second, more open-ended interview. After this second interview there will be a few finalists, each of whom will spend a day in the district. Focus groups from within the school system and from the community will have the opportunity to meet with each finalist.

The Board’s goal is to choose the top candidate for superintendent by around April 1, and vote to appoint the chosen candidate. The new superintendent would start work on July 1, 2016, when current Superintendent Dr. John E. Fredericksen has completed his contract and retired.

MABE presented an overview of the superintendent search process at the Wicomico County Board of Education’s September 2015 meeting. A copy of this presentation is posted on the school system website at, on the Superintendent Search page.


Next Superintendent’s Open Door Session Wednesday, Oct. 21

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen will hold a Superintendent’s Open Door Session from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the Administrative Conference Room of the Wicomico County Public Schools Building, 2424 Northgate Drive (behind Lowe’s), Salisbury.  Open Door Sessions throughout the 2015-2016 school year provide the opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with the superintendent. People may express concerns, offer comment, or ask questions on any issue involving Wicomico schools. No appointment is needed. Each visitor will have approximately 15 minutes to meet with the superintendent. Follow-up sessions will be held if there are more visitors than there is time on the scheduled night. Open Door Sessions are also scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 16, April 20 and May 18. 410-677-4495