The Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Thursday took the first step in locating a new superintendent by hiring the search firm of School Executive Consulting Inc., and targeting a start date of March 2009 for the new person. Dr. Kirk London announced his plans for retirement at the June School Board meeting. He earned his five-year pin with Hays CISD in May and has devoted his 35-year career to education.
Dr. Mike Moses and David Thompson, the same firm that brought Dr. London to Hays CISD, spent three hours with the Board answering questions about the process and discussing the time required.
“We have followed closely the progress this district has made over the years,” Thompson told the Board. “You have managed a lot of hard issues related to finance and growth. We enjoyed working with you several years ago and I believe it was a good experience for the broad community. We hope the search will be a positive, uniting experience for the Board. We hope you have as much success with your selection as we believe you had with the selection last time.”
Moses described the community input aspect of the search, which will be similar to the process five years ago. Approximately 50 people representing a broad spectrum of the Hays CISD community-students, parents, teachers, auxiliary staff, community members with no children in the schools, pastors, business owners, civic leaders, for example-will participate in one of several 15-member focus groups led by Moses and Thompson. In these groups, a superintendent profile will be developed. School Board members will appoint the members of the focus groups.
“We find that it works better when they’re mixed and talking and listening to one another in these focus groups,” Moses said. “They walk out of these meetings feeling a little more united.”
“We have followed with interest this district,” he said. “We do not do that many searches. We did two last year. We take this real seriously. We try to be selective and work with outstanding districts.”
Moses saluted Dr. London’s work and Hays CISD.
“There is a culture here and the culture here is working,” he told the School Board. “You’re in a good location with quality people and a competitive salary. Dr. London’s reputation as a good steward works to your benefit.”
By JULIE JEROME
Chief Information Officer – Hays CISD