Round two: RISD will seek to fill top position

Superintendent search to be ‘free’
Reporter Editor

They’re ready to try it again.

After this spring’s search for a new superintendent for the Rockdale ISD led to a selection— and an 11th-hour rejection—the school board will gear up next month in a second attempt to fill that position.

Lee Jenkins, board president, told The Reporter that on Jan. 1, the district will again advertise the position on the Internet and other appropriate postings.

That will again set the machinery in motion to select a successor to Dr. Howell Wright, whose contract was not renewed early this year.

FREE—There w ill be one major difference. This time the search will be free for the school district.

Jenkins said Dr. Bob E. Griggs of Fort Worth has promised a “free consultation fee” for the 2014 search.

That’s because while the search earlier this year ended with a proposed “lone finalist”—Vicki Bridges, chief of secondary education for the Grand Prairie ISD–turned down the position.

Waiving the fee for a subsequent search was part of Dr. Griggs’ guarantee when the firm was hired last spring by the district.

Donald Denbow, retired superintendent of the Corsicana ISD, has been serving as interim superintendent.

SEARCH—The extended saga actually began 11 months ago, in January, when trustees declined to take any action on Dr. Wright’s contract, which was to expire June 30.

Board members also passed taking action on the contract in February.

Dr Wright resigned in March, effective June 30.

Dr. Griggs’ firm was hired to assist with the search and a number of brainstorming sessions with the community were held.

Trustees said about 30 applications were received and the field was narrowed to 16 for interviews.

Five persons, essentially finalists, were selected and the board selected Bridges as “lone finalist” to be formally hired after a 21-day waiting period.

On June 30, the day before a special board meeting to hire her, Bridges contacted Jenkins and declined the position, saying a pay increase offered by Grand Prairie ISD was a factor.

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