Marc Feuerbach is preparing for the next step in his career.
The Cartersville High principal was accepted this month into the Superintendent Professional Development Program (SPDP), a two-year training program offered through the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA).
Aspiring superintendents will travel to Macon one weekend a month for eight months out of the year to learn about strategic leadership, school governance, community relations, organizational leadership and other topics a successful superintendent must understand in order to lead a district.
“I have always been passionate about leadership and about serving where I am most needed,” Feuerbach said. “I believe leading any type of organization, no matter the context or size, is a challenge. Each requires intentional thoughts and actions in order to stay effective and not become stagnant. Although stressful at times, I enjoy this aspect of leadership.
Becoming a superintendent is something that does interest me because of the opportunity it brings in leading an entire school district. If the opportunity ever presents itself down the road, I look forward to serving in this role and continuously looking at ways to create quality learning experiences for students of all ages.”
Feuerbach, 35, said he was “very grateful” when he was notified about two weeks ago that he had been accepted into the program, which begins next month.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity and am looking forward to learning a lot over the next two years,” the Cartersville resident said. “I have heard great things about the program. It is a very detailed program, and I thoroughly enjoy learning new things.”
Potential candidates — who must be Georgia educators with at least three years experience as a school or system leader — had to complete a resume form and an application, which required an endorsement from their superintendent; secure a recommendation from someone “thoroughly familiar” with them, both personally and professionally; and pay a $400 application fee by the July 31 deadline.
A screening committee chosen by GSSA selected 25 participants out of 53 applicants.
Feuerbach received recommendations from both his superintendent, Dr. Howard Hinesley, and school board President Linda Benton.
“I am excited for Marc and our system,” Hinesley said. “We will all benefit from his participation in the superintendent’s training program.”
“When I learned of Marc’s interest in the program, I spoke with Dr. Hinesley, and we both agreed Marc would make an excellent candidate,” Benton said. “Marc has demonstrated in the time he has been here at Cartersville High School that he is an excellent leader and has the potential to be an outstanding superintendent.”
Hinesley said Feuerbach — who has a master’s degree and education specialist degree in educational leadership and is working on a doctorate in leadership — possesses “excellent leadership qualities.”
“He is a good listener, excellent communicator and uses good judgment,” he said. “He is a problem-solver and is decisive when needed.”
The superintendent said he has been “blessed to have several administrators who have worked for me become superintendents.”
“Marc has the qualities, as they did, to be an outstanding superintendent,” he said.
Participants will attend two-day sessions in September, October and November this year; January, February, March, April, June, September, October and November in 2016; and January, February, March, April and June in 2017.
Topics of discussion will include policy and governance, strategic decision making, change management, funding and budgeting, strategic direction and strategy mapping, media, systems, organizational politics, talent management and values and ethics, according to the GSSA website.