Seguin ISD sets timeframe for naming new superintendent; Community input meetings, online surveys, candidates interviews tentatively scheduled
Posted on 4/22/2017 7:41:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- With attention now on the Seguin ISD, the process of selecting a new superintendent is well on its way. Trustees during a special meeting Wednesday night laid out its proposed superintendent search timeline with hopes of naming a lone finalist  on June 27.
Until then, the work and community input begins in finding that right person to lead the Seguin ISD. The schedule, as drawn up by trustees and TASB search officials, kicks off next week with an online community survey.
Butch Felkner, division director for the Texas Association of School Boards Executive Search Services,
says the survey will be available on the district's website and will be strictly confidential giving everyone the ability to
voice their personal comments.
"The online survey should be up next week and I don't know the exact date at this point. It'll be attached to this district's website. Once they click the link, it takes them directly to the survey, which is into our system. So after they fill out the questions and everything, they don't have to worry that somebody's finding out who sent what, because no one has access to that except us at TASB. We are the only ones that can see what's coming in. So we correct all of that through the whole time through, I think May the 8th, the morning of May the 8th and then it shuts down at that point. Anybody can go online and type away, " said Felkner.    
Felkner says the survey is short and simple giving everyone the ability to have a say in who leads the district next.
"There's four questions. It's always -- it's the standard questions, what's going well in the district, what are the issues or concerns facing the district, what personal qualifications do you feel like the new superintendent should possess and what professional characteristics should the new superintendent possess? There are four questions and it's just everybody's opinion. There's no right or wrong answer," said Felkner.
The tentative schedule also includes a focus group designed by trustees and comprised of a variety of community members and leaders including parents and potential students on Wednesday, April 26.
Felkner says general public comment and community input will be made available on Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4 at locations to be announced.
"We would love for folks to come out. This is their opportunity to visit with us on a personal basis. We don't have a one to one per say. You come in and it's at a particular time and then you can just share your heart with us. It's pretty much the same process, the same questions. Then the folks, we record what they're saying as we tell them that. The board will see their comments and as well as the online comments that are made. They'll see those. We just like for them to come out, because this is their time to talk. This is their time to have input into the selection process, because what they say, forms what we call the qualifications and characteristics. That's what the board is going to be looking at. This is their opportunity to come share with us, as well as online. We want as much feedback as possible, because they can't say back and say 'well, they didn't give us an opportunity to share it.' This is your opportunity to share. This is your opportunity to come out," said Felkner.       
Reports of these public meetings will then be generated and disseminated to trustees on May 8.
It will be followed with the board approving a list of qualifications for candidates and leadership on May 10. Those components will then be used to initiate an application deadline of May 30.
The trustees will then launch a review of potential candidates behind closed doors on Tuesday, June 6. A series of first and second round candidate interviews will follow from Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 23. The board is expected to choose a candidate of choice on the 23rd -- launching a possible site visit to that candidate's current district just a few days after.
Upon naming a lone finalist on June 27, the district will have to wait the required 21 days to officially hire its new district leader on July 19.
District officials say they will continue to work closely with the community engaging folks throughout the process.
The proposed schedule, once officially confirmed with times and locations, will be available on both the Seguin ISD and KWED websites.

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