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School Board Discusses Options for Superintendent Search

Mar 27, 2017

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees met Monday morning in special session to discuss the process for selecting a new superintendent of schools.

Current Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon announced his retirement on March 17 after 31 years in public education, four in FISD. His last day with the District is June 30.

Trustees called the special Board workshop to assist with planning for the superintendent search. They participated in a Reform Governance® in Action training led by Cathy Mincberg, president and CEO of the Center for Reform of School Systems (CRSS), which focused on tips and best practices for hiring a new leader.

Mincberg facilitated Board member discussion regarding qualities desired in the next superintendent, as well opportunities and challenges facing the District.

She provided information regarding the role an executive search consulting firm could play in the selection process, and addressed issues Board members should consider when choosing a group to facilitate the search. These included the scope of a firm’s experience, recruiting strategies, reputation, references and more.

Mincberg also made suggestions about what questions trustees should ask search firms, as well as superintendent candidates during the interview process.

She also addressed missteps School Boards can make during the superintendent hiring process, and offered tips to ensure a smooth and successful search, onboarding process and transition.

The Board is committed to staff and citizen involvement in the search for a new leader, and expressed its desire to host community meetings and/or distribute a survey to gather input regarding characteristics desired in the next superintendent.

Trustees are receiving proposals from several executive search consulting firms and plan to meet again in special session on Tuesday, April 4 to review the proposals and narrow down their choices. 

Interviews of the top search firms are tentatively scheduled for April 10.  

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