Interim superintendent eyed for RISD

6 to 9-month, 3-4-day-per week position likely as school startup looms

It’s back to the drawing board for Rockdale ISD trustees, who thought they had found a new superintendent for the 2013- 14 school term, but instead are now eying a part-time, interim superintendent for most of the upcoming term.

It’s all in the aftermath of last week’s decision by Vicki Bridges of the Grand Prairie ISD not to accept the position to which she was named lone finalist in June.

That leaves the district putting together what’s essentially a “Plan B.”

TIMING—“The timing now, at this point in the summer, is just awful,” board president Lee Jenkins told The Reporter.

“We had two really good other prospects—during the interview process which led to Bridges’ selection—but, of course, now they’ve gone in different directions,” he said.

“It’s obvious the way for us to go is hire an interim superintendent and that’s what we’ve begun working on,” he said.

Jenkins said it’s likely the position will be long-term, but not totally full time.

“I can’t see us recruiting (for a new superintendent) this year,” he said. “This just isn’t the time in the school year that kind of thing goes on. I’d say the interim posit ion would probably be for about 6 to 9 months.”

“A nd it would probably be only three to four days a week,” he said.

CANDIDATES—Jenkins said “four to five people” are possibilities for the interim position but the board needs to discuss the situation and select candidates to interview for the job. “I guess we’d probably interview three or four people,” he said.

There’s some urgency involved. The 2013-14 school calendar begins Aug. 20 with new teacher orientation, and the first day of classes is Aug. 27.

“Our goal is to have someone hired by Aug. 1,” Jenkins said.

He said interviews might take place between July 18 and 23.

“Our regular July board meeting is set for Monday, July 22, but we could probably adjust that date and meet sometime during that week to make the decision,” Jenkins said.

‘ BLESSED’— Jenkins said the RISD is in good hands until Aug. 1.

“We’re blessed to have Pam K aufmann, assistant superintendent for instruction and administration, Marla Wallace, chief financial officer, and Donna Melcher, superintendent’s secretary, at the administration building, to oversee the operations of the school district,” he said.

Trustees did not renew the contract of Dr. Howell Wright, RISD superintendent since 2009, earlier this year.

Dr. Wright has subsequently accepted the position of assistant superintendent of curriculum at the San Marcos ISD.

Thirty-three persons applied for the position being vacated by Dr. Wright, five were interviewed, Bridges was selected. She advised Jenkins on June 30 that she was declining the job.

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