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Superintendent submits resignation

Trustees set informal goal of June 30 to hire replacement for Dr. Howell Wright


Dr. Howell Wright Jr. was hired in January, 2009, to replace Walter Pond as Rockdale ISD superintendent. Dr. Howell Wright Jr. was hired in January, 2009, to replace Walter Pond as Rockdale ISD superintendent. Dr. Howell Wright Jr., Rockdale ISD superintendent for the past four years has submitted his resignation to school trustees, effective June 30.

That’s not a surprise. Board members had declined to act on his contract during both the January and February meetings.

“Superintendent evaluation and contract” was again listed as an item on the closed session portion of Monday’s agenda for the March school board meeting.

But trustees emerged from that executive session, took no action and announced that they had accepted Dr. Wright’s resignation.

Dr. Wright declined The Reporter’s request to make a statement.

REPLACEMENT— When longtime RISD Supt. Walter Pond announced in 2008 that he would retire, the district conducted an extensive search process, during which 49 applications were received.

Six candidates were interviewed and Dr. Wright was selected as the lone finalist.

He was awarded a three-year contract, which was later extended one year, making the expiration date June 30, 2013.

SEARCH—Lee Jenkins, school board president, said trustees plan a similar search this time.

“ We’re looking at meeting between April 8 and 11 and interviewing three or four superintendent search firms, then hiring one and they will conduct hearings and receive input from the public, teachers and district employees,” he said.

“Our goal is to have someone hired by the time Dr. Wright leaves,” Jenkins said. “Of course that may not be possible. He could get another position and leave early and the process could take several months.”

CANCELED—In other business, trustees canceled the May 11 school board election.

Incumbents Jenkins (Place 4), Michelle Lehmkuhl (Place 3) and Wenda Dyer (Place 5) are unopposed.


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