Interim Supt. Randy Weseman has strong support in the community, especially among teachers, in his quest to become superintendent of Lawrence schools.
On Monday night, the Lawrence school board received written comments from 75 people who participated in a survey about the district's superintendent vacancy. One-third backed Weseman.
From a parent: "Hire Randy Weseman."
From a business representative: "I vote for interim Supt. Randy Weseman."
From a teacher: "You have a great one right under your nose Randy Weseman."
Wayne Kruse, president of Lawrence Education Assn., which represents the district's 900 teachers, said he wasn't surprised by findings of the survey. He said about two-thirds of Lawrence educators believe Weseman would be the best choice at this time.
"For every two who says hire Randy, you have one who says go outside," he said.
Indeed, one teacher wrote that the district needed to be "shaken up and an outside candidate should be chosen. Let's quit resting on our laurels and actually do something to be great."
The board decided to conduct an in-house search for superintendent before delving into a costly national search. Weseman was the only district staff member to apply by Friday's deadline.
Board President Austin Turney said the board would interview Weseman 5 p.m. Oct. 16.
The board will decide before the end of October whether Weseman has the qualifications, character and experience to lead the district, he said.
Weseman was an assistant superintendent when Supt. Kathleen Williams resigned in June.
Sue Morgan, board vice president, said the survey indicated the next superintendent should possess at least four key characteristics: He or she should value people, possess integrity, be a solid leader and believe in a collaborative working environment.