San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer has agreed to remain as Interim Superintendent until a new person can be found to fill the position. Shafer announced her resignation in August, saying she wanted to address family matters.
Shafer had previously announced that her retirement will take effect on Dec. 31. In compliance with the requirements of the Teacher Retirement System (TRS), she will officially retire at the end of November. After she has retired for the month of December, she will resume duties as interim superintendent in January on a half-time basis.
Shafer will then work with the new superintendent until he or she is able to assume the leadership role.
Said Shafer, “The board and I were concerned with loss of continuity as the district goes forward with initiatives. This plan should help make the transition smoother and less stressful as we move toward new leadership.”
During the summer, San Marcos CISD trustees raised Shafer’s salary to $175,075. It is reported that she will earn $1,549 per day as the interim superintendent.
San Marcos CISD trustees hired Bob Griggs and Associates in September to conduct a nationwide search to fill the superintendent position. In October, Griggs and Associates met with San Marcos CID educators, residents, parents and business leaders to receive input on the superintendent profile for the San Marcos community. A total of two citizens attended the meeting.
Griggs and Associates will actively recruit candidates through the end of January. The consultant will screen, interview and select candidates who fit the San Marcos CISD profile in February and March. By March 21, the search team expects to supply the trustees with a set of sample questions to begin the process of interviewing. The interviews will be conducted the week of March 23.
San Marcos CISD trustees expect to land on one finalist at the end of March. The board will visit the finalist’s school district.
The board is projected to meet again on March 31 to discuss the visit and vote on the finalist.
A 30-day waiting period will follow the vote. The board will meet to approve the new superintendent’s contract on April 21, 2011.