Trustees of the Waxahachie ISD heard a presentation from Dr. Marian Strauss of the Texas Association of School Boards concerning the hiring process and timeline for selecting the district’s next superintendent.

In a board meeting held April 16, trustees voted to hire TASB executive search services to help with the recruiting of the district’s next superintendent.

An application for the superintendent’s position is available on the TASB website. Strauss indicated the next step in the process will be to hold a community forum meeting where parents, staff and community members can express their opinions and tell the search team the leadership qualities they would like to see in the new superintendent. A report will be given to the Board of Trustees about the search team findings.

“We want to hear what they like about the district and what direction they want to see the district move in. They will also be asked what characteristics and qualifications they want to see their new superintendent have,” Strauss said.

The date of the forum will be announced by the school district. For those unable to attend the forum will be able to community to the search committee through an online survey on the district’s website.

Applications will close in the early fall and the TASB search team will compile the application data and present it to the school board. Applicants will be narrowed to the top three to six candidates who will be invited to interview for the position. Interviews will take place in mid fall.

At the conclusion of the initial round of interviews, the board will select three finalists to be brought in for a second round of interviews. The board will then select the lone finalist and the selection will remain confidential. A 21-day waiting period as dictated by state law must be completed before the board can vote to officially name the new superintendent for Waxahachie ISD. If proposed timeline is followed the selection should be named in the late fall.

“The Board of Trustees and I are extremely pleased with the process and tentative timeline that was outlined at last evening’s board meeting,” said Mark Price, Waxahachie ISD Board President. “Going through this process will ensure that the most qualified and able candidate will be selected as the new Superintendent of Waxahachie ISD. We look forward to this process and encourage the community to participate in the upcoming community forum as we work together to select a leader who will lead Waxahachie ISD into the 21st century,” he said.  

In other action, the board unanimously approved spending $2,500 to have R.L. Woods & Associates to do a third party structural study of Turner Gymnasium for repairs.