Superintendent search continues

Thursday is deadline for applications; school board to approve ‘profile’

Midweek f inds the search for a new Rockdale ISD superintendent at full throttle.

• A public forum to gather input was held Tuesday evening in the junior-high commons.

• There were several meetings scheduled for Wednesday, including a luncheon session of community leaders.

• Thursday is the deadline for superintendent applicants to submit their paperwork to the Rockdale ISD.

• Trustees will meet in special session at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Central Administration Building to hear a presentation by Dr. Bob E. Griggs and Associates of Fort Worth, which is developing a superintendent profile. Dr. Howell Wright’s contract ends June 30.

At Tuesday’s public forum, Dr. Griggs said the several days of public meetings are geared toward finding out the “characteristics and traits the community want in a new superintendent.”

He said information learned in the numerous public, and specialized, meetings will be used in compiling that profile.

Other Tuesday meetings included:

7:30 to 8 a.m., high school staff; 9 to 10 a.m., city leaders; 12-noon to 1 p.m., Rockdale Rotary Club, with Noon Lions; 3:30 to 4 p.m., elementary staff only; 4:30 to 5 p.m., Central Office paraprofessionals.

There was also a full day of meetings scheduled for Wednesday, in addition to the noon gathering luncheon:

7:30 to 8 a.m., junior-high staff; 11 a.m. to 12-noon, Rockdale Senior Citizens Center; 1 to 2:30 p.m., maintenance, transportation and food service employees; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., intermediate staff; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Central Office administrators and principals.

Between Thursday and Tuesday, trustees plan to screen applications and select candidates. Interviews are 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.

The “ lone f inal ist ” i s to be designated by a school board vote June 4.

During that meeting the remainder of the board will be debriefed on the visit to the candidate’s district.

After the lone finalist (superintendent-designate) is approved on June 4, the name should be released to the public.

After the mandatory 21-day waiting period, as specified by Texas law, the new superintendent’s contract is scheduled to be approved by trustees in a special session on June 25.

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