GISD Board on the hunt for the next superintendent

By Alexandra Cannon, Staff Writer

GISD School Board met for a special meeting Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 pm to discuss the Superintendent search process with TASB Consultant Butch Felkner. Bridgette Jackson was absent from the meeting, and it was called to order at 6:30 pm.

At the last special meeting by the board with a TASB representative, a tentative timeline was made for the process, and in this meeting, the board decided to shorten the timeline about 4 weeks to allow the new superintendent to begin with the spring semester, on January 8, instead of the second week of February. Because the board approved the characteristics and qualifications (Q&Cs) TASB compiled with the 27 online surveys completed and the community involvement session (which took place earlier in the day), a meeting scheduled for November 1 with the purpose of approving said Q&Cs could be eliminated. Changing the timeline will also change the application deadline date, but an email will be sent to those who have started filling out the application to inform them of the new deadline.

After answering questions about the pros and cons of shortening the process and receiving the green light to speed things up from the board, Felkner outlined the changes to the timeline, which is as follows:

Community involvement sessions:  October 24

Application deadline:  November 9 ***UPDATED***

Review of applications:  November 16

First round interviews:  November 27, 28, and 29

Follow-up interview preparation:  November 29

Second round interviews:  December 5, 6, and 7

Vote to name finalist:  December 13

Vote to hire:  January 4, 2018

Next, Felkner explained how the qualifications and characteristics will be incorporated into the application. TASB created nine key Q&Cs based on what locals, faculty, and students expressed they believe the district needs. Applicants will have to address to each point with a written response that allows them to describe their experience, knowledge, and achievements as it relates to each point. Felkner read each point and board members gave feedback regarding wording and other details. Below, you will find the finalized list as it appears on the application.

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