Site visit final task for board

Superintendent search nears end
Reporter Editor

Pending one visit, and one board meeting, Rockdale ISD trustees have essentially made a decision on who they want for the district’s new superintendent.

And the public could learn the name as soon as next week.

Board members interviewed five candidates in closed session meetings Friday, Saturday and Monday—and canceled an interview session set for Tuesday—and are in the home stretch of the deliberative process.

VISIT—Lee Jenkins, board president, said trustees Lin Perry, Kent Bowermon and Michelle Lehmkuhl are tentatively scheduled to visit the campus of the board’s potential lone finalist-designate on Wednesday, April 9.

A noon meeting the next day, Thursday, April 10, is being scheduled to name the lone finalist.

“If there’s any reason to cancel the April 10 meeting, after the site visit we will,” Jenkins said. “But I certainly don’t anticipate that.”

LONE FINALIST— Texas school boards do not release the names of candidates being interviewed, choosing instead to call their choice a “lone finalist,” releasing that name and officially hiring them 21 days later.

Thirty-three candidates applied for the position, 26 are male, seven female, 11 have doctorate degrees and three are from out of state.

REPEAT—It’s the second time in two years the district has undergone a search to replace Dr. Howell Wright, who left last year after his contract was not renewed.

Last year’s search produced a lone finalist, Grand Prairie ISD Administrator Vicki Bridges.

But on the final day of the 21-day waiting period, Bridges elected to stay at that Dallas suburb and receive a substantial pay increase.

Donald Denbow of Corsicana has been serving as interim superintendent since August.

Rockdale ISD got a free superintendent search this time around from consultant Dr. Bob Griggs & Associates of Fort Worth because of Bridges’ refusal in 2013.

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