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Board hears options for hiring new superintendent
By DERIK MOORE
Weatherford ISD Director of Communications
Members of the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees took their first step in what Board President Charlie Martinez said will be “their most difficult task of the year” when trying to determine how to replace Superintendent Dr. Deborah Cron, who recently announced her retirement to be effective in December.
Monday’s Special Board Work Session was an information-only meeting where the District’s attorney and WISD’s Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations informed Board members their various options to consider when searching for Dr. Cron’s replacement.
“The superintendent’s position will be highly sought after because of the District’s intelligent and cohesive Board of Trustees, strong accountability ratings, incredible support staff, nice facilities, and a sound fund balance,” said school attorney Rhonda Crass of Henslee Schwartz, LLP. “The superintendent and Board must work together like a hand in a glove.”
Crass also told Board members they need to begin considering future agenda items such as a timeline for potential candidates, including selection criteria, as well as whether or not to choose an outside search firm or to handle the search process internally.
Tracy Ray, WISD Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations, said that funds would be allocated if the Board chooses to hire a search firm.
“I talked with chief financial officers at both Cleburne ISD and Granbury ISD whose districts recently used superintendent search firms,” Ray added, “and costs ranged from $8,500 to $10,000.”
Ray also said additional costs may be incurred, but the Board may choose to set a limit on expenditures for the hiring process.
Crass provided a sample three-month timeline including selection criteria which she said could begin at the Board’s discretion.
“Parts of the sample selection criteria include transparency throughout the superintendent’s search process,” Crass added. “Although the Board is in charge of hiring the new superintendent, it is important to obtain input from district leaders, staff, and community members.”
Crass said once the Board has determined its lone finalist, that name will be posted for the state-required 21 days.
“This process is going to take several meetings,” Martinez said, “but I believe it is one of the most important things we will do as a body.”