A full schedule of sessions mostly with groups from Brownwood schools is planned Monday by consultants helping school trustees develop a list of candidates for the district’s next superintendent. But members of the community are invited to participate in a town meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the school administration office at 2707 Southside Dr.
The consultants from Executive Search Services of the Texas Association of School Boards will meet with school administrators at 10:30 a.m., followed by high school students at noon, support staff at 1:30 p.m., teachers and professional staff at 3:45 p.m., the community in general at 5:30 p.m. and finally with the board of trustees at 7 p.m. Information from the meetings will be used as a resource to help the board develop criteria for superintendent candidates.
All meetings will be held at the administrative offices, except for the one with high school students which will be at the BHS campus.
Mayo Neyland, TASB consultant, told the school board last week that it has been the association’s experience that more frank input can be obtained if board members are not present at the meetings, and that it would expedite the process if they attended only the final meetings.
Dr. Sue Jones, superintendent, announced in September that she will retire from the district at the end of June 2008.
Anyone who wants to provide feedback but cannot attend the appropriate meeting may do so online. A form is available on the school district’s Web site, www.brownwoodisd.org. The link is found on the home page under “Superintendent Search Survey.”
Questions on the survey include, “What do you consider to be the two or three most significant strengths of the district?”; “What do you consider to be the two or three most important issues or concerns facing the district?”; “What professional characteristics should the board look for in the next superintendent?”; and “What personal characteristics should the board look for in the next superintendent?”
Those responding are also asked to indicate to which of the groups they belong — student, administrator, board member, community member, parents, faculty or support staff.
The 7 p.m. Monday meeting will be a called session for Brownwood trustees, who may also consider an appointment to the board to fill a vacancy in the place for Single-member District 2. Sandra Garcia resigned from the seat at the end of October because she moved out of the district.
Trustees said last Monday they felt the need to make an appointment so Place 2 will be represented during the search process for superintendent.
The consultants expect to provide trustees with a report on the meetings before the end of November.
The timeline approved by the board calls for applications to be due before Jan. 3, and for trustees to narrow the field to five or six within a week. Initial interviews with those individuals will be scheduled during the week of Jan. 21 — two per night — with the group being narrowed to two or three by Jan. 25.
Follow-up interviews, preceded by a social including the spouses of board members and superintendent candidates, will be held the week of Feb. 4 — one per evening.
A “person of interest” will be determined by the board on Feb. 8, and a board committee will visit the home school district of that person on Feb. 12. After the committee reports to the board, the name of the sole finalist will be made public on Feb. 15. The board cannot vote to hire for at least 21 days, and trustees decided they would do that at their regular board meeting March 10.