Consultants from the Texas Association of School Boards helping Brownwood school trustees with their superintendent’s search ended a day of meetings with different segments of the community Monday with a discussion with the board itself.
“We’ve seen quite a few folks,” TASB consultant Mayo Neyland told the board. “The community group was a little lean, but we’re keeping the Web site open until (Nov. 26), and hopefully we’ll get a little more through that.”
Mayo and TASB Field Service Representative Joe Dan Lee held a series of separate meetings throughout the day with teachers, administrators, high school students and staff members before gathering with community members and finally trustees Monday night. Neyland said they met about 15 administrators, about the same number of students, about 10 teachers and only about six members of the community.
A report on those discussions — minus names — will be provided to the board at a Nov. 30 meeting, but Neyland offered a quick summary.
“I can tell you there’s nothing majorly wrong with the school district,” he said. “We learned that when people don’t show up, they’re usually satisfied with the way it’s going. But we did get some good input…
“One of the interesting things is you don’t have many significant problems.”
The report, designed to help the board develop criteria it will post as desired in a new superintendent, will include common trends, general group information, a summary of key points and proposed qualifications and characteristics for board revision and approval.
The questions asked those attending, and the questions posed on the Web site, seek the strengths of the district, the major challenges facing the district, and the professional and personal characteristics desired in a superintendent here.
Feedback can still be provided by going to the Brownwood school district’s Web site at www.brownwood
isd.org, and clicking on the “superintendent search survey” link.
Neyland said the trustees’ answers generally paralleled those from other groups. Among the strengths of the district listed were communication within the district and the community, strong financial condition, ability to work as a team, its new facilities and the integrity of its leader. Many of the challenges listed involved sustaining or building on what is already in place.
“You’ve got a lot of good things going on in your district,” Lee told the board. “Not one person came in and said ‘the new superintendent will need to take care of this problem.’ You got a good system here, and it will be a real desirable job for a lot of applicants, not just because they want to be a superintendent, but because they want to be in Brownwood.”
Trustees plan to have a superintendent identified by its February meeting to succeed Dr. Sue Jones, who has announced her retirement in June 2008.
In another matter of business, the board voted to ask Jones to research possible policies and procedures for appointing a board member. Trustee Mark Bradshaw said he could find no such document on file, but the district does indicate it must follow its policies in making such an appointment.
Sandra Garcia, who held the Single-Member District 2 seat until Oct. 31, resigned when she moved out of the district. Board members said they prefer to let voters choose Garcia’s successor, but the next opportunity for an election isn’t until May. Appointing a trustee would mean that district will be represented during the superintendent’s search.
Trustee Roderick Jones’ motion to table action on an appointment was approved, and board members indicated they hope to have a policy to consider for approval on Nov. 30, and then to perhaps make an appointment immediately.
Bradshaw said two residents of the district who appear to be qualified have indicated their interest in serving.