School board moves into selection phase of superintendent search
On Tuesday evening, our Ector County ISD Board of Trustees moved to the selection phase of its superintendent search. The board members met with representatives of the firm conducting the search – Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates. Representatives from the firm began the meeting by giving Trustees guidance on the interview process. They offered tips on how to conduct effective interviews; everything from the setup of the room, to the kinds of questions that can and cannot be asked, the need to balance taking notes with listening, and the importance of not drawing conclusions or rating candidates before all of the interviews are completed. Trustees will have the chance to debrief and talk with each other after finishing the interviews. HYA’s representatives reminded the Trustees while they are interviewing the candidates; the candidates are interviewing the school board, too.
After the initial presentation, the school board members moved into closed session to review a slate of potential candidates.
In a newspaper interview last week, the firm’s reps said 60 to 70 people applied for the superintendent opening. They come from all across the country. The firm screened those applicants and brought the slate of potential candidates for Trustees to consider. They recommended the board interview about six people. Those interviews will take place this weekend, the list will be narrowed to three and Trustees will conduct a second round of interviews in about two weeks. The board hopes to name a lone finalist for the superintendent’s job by the middle of April. By law, the name of the lone finalist must be posted publicly for 21 days before the school board can officially vote to hire that person.