New superintendent will be named
Lee Jenkins, RISD board president, said the interview process to find a successor to Dr. Howell Wright concluded over the weekend and the board appears ready to name the “lone finalist” on Tuesday.
Trustees have scheduled a special session at noon Tuesday for that process.
“I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be ready to vote on Tuesday,” Jenkins said.
SITE VISIT—Trustees spent most of May in an involved process to select a successor to Dr. Wright, whose contract extends through the end of June.
“We have one more task,” Jenkins said. “On Monday, three trustees will do a site visit to the home district of the lone finalist. If that goes well, and I certainly see no reason why it should not, we will be ready to name the person the next day.”
Only three trustees will participate in the site visit to avoid forming a quorum and risk a possible violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Texas school boards use the term “lone finalist” to avoid having to reveal the name of all the persons interviewed for the position.
After the lone finalist is approved there is a state-mandated 21-day waiting period, at the end of which the school board will formally hire the superintendent-designate.
“We interviewed five persons on Saturday and Sunday and they were all excellent,” Jenkins said, “We had some outstanding candidates.”
He said a total of 33 persons applied for the position being vacated by Dr. Wright, who has served as RISD superintendent since 2010.
PROFILE—Dr. Bob W. Griggs & Associates of Fort Worth conducted numerous public and private meetings with Rockdale residents, and numerous employees of the Rockdale ISD. A “superintendent profile” was presented to trustees and was used during the candidate evaluation process, according to Jenkins.
“If I had to sum it up, I’d say the community wants an energetic, outgoing, charismatic fixer,” Jenkins said.
“We got some excellent input during the meetings and many people were very clear on what direction they wanted in selecting a leader for this school district,” he said. “Above all, they wanted someone who could fix some things that we need to work on.”