Superintendent search in high gear

Community, school input sessions set by consulting firm

May is the month when the search for a new Rockdale ISD superintendent gets into high gear.

Dr. Bob E. Griggs & Associates of Fort Worth is presently recruiting candidates to replace Dr. Howell Wright who has submitted his resignation, effective June 30.

The firm is scheduling a series of meetings later this month with school personnel, city leaders and the general public just before applications for the position will be closed May 23.

Lee Jenkins, school board president, said those sessions have been scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, May 21—7:30 to 8 a.m., high school staff only; 9 to 10 a.m., city leaders; 12-noon to 1 p.m., Rockdale Rotary Club, with Noon Lions invited to join; 3:30 to 4 p.m., elementary staff only; 4:30 to 5 p.m., Central Office paraprofessionals only; 6:30 to 7 p.m., public forum at RJH Commons.

Wednesday, May 22—7:30 to 8 a.m., junior-high staff only; 11 a.m. to 12-noon, Rockdale Senior Citizens Center; 12-noon to 1 p.m., public forum and luncheon (to be announced); 1 to 2:30 p.m., maintenance, transportation and food service only; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., intermediate staff only; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Central Office administrators and principals.

INTERVIEWS—On May 23, the application deadline, trustees will meet in a 5:30 p.m. workshop session to develop a profile based on the input gathered from school employees and the community.

Between May 23 and 28 the consultants will screen, interview and select candidates for the position.

A called school board session is set for 5:30 p.m. May 28 to receive candidates information from Griggs.

Trustees will then interview candidates in sessions May 30, 31 and June 1.

On Monday, June 3, no more than three trustees (to avoid gathering in a quorum) will visit a candidate’s school district.

MADE PUBLIC—The “lone finalist” is to be designated by a school board vote June 3.

Dur ing that meet ing the remainder of the board will be debriefed on the visit to the candidate’s district.

( The term “ lone finalist” is generally used by Texas school boards to avoid revealing the names of the other candidates reaching the interview process.)

After the lone finalist (superintendent designate) is approved on June 3, the name should be released to the public.

After the mandatory 21- day waiting period, the new superintendent’s contract is scheduled to be approved in a 5:30 p.m. special session on June 25.

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