The superintendent search committee will host several community focus groups to help inform Board of Education and committee members during the search process. The groups will help identify the most important characteristics needed in a new superintendent.

The groups below will meet Jan. 9 in the high school's Wagner Room:

12:30 p.m. -- New Canaan High School students;

1:30 p.m. -- Administrators;

2:30 p.m. -- Seven through 12th-grade teachers;

4 p.m. -- Kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers;

5 p.m. -- Non-certified staff.

A focus group for parents is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the NCHS Library.

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A community focus group is scheduled for Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in the choral room at Saxe Middle School.

"The superintendent search committee would appreciate input from the entire New Canaan community about the goals, issues and challenges that are before the NC school system," Board of Education Chairman Hazel Hobbs said. "Especially concerning what professional experience and personal qualities our new superintendent would need to to properly lead the school system."

The search committee is also offering an online survey which will be available at www.newcanaan.k12.ct.us from Jan. 9 through 13.

The information will be compiled into a report for the BOE and the search committee.