Superintendent search underway through TASB Services

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A search for a new superintendent in Friendswood ISD is underway.

The FISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously at their February meeting to use a Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) search firm to handle the selection of candidates that fit what FISD needs for their top leader.

Current superintendent, Trish Hanks, has resigned and will retire at the end of her contract Aug. 31. She has been in her position as FISD superintendent for 15 years.

TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit statewide educational association that serves and represents local Texas school districts. Established in 1949, the organization shares information through training and publications to assist board members in the state to better serve their communities. It also speaks with a unified voice to decision makers to chart the best future for Texas public schools.

Its search firm, Executive Search Services (ESS) has been assisting boards locate the best candidates for their needs for more than 20 years. To date, they have assisted over 600 school boards in hiring quality candidates for superintendent.

Cost for this service to the district is based on a district’s average daily attendance and includes travel and expenses. To conduct a national search or expand the advertising, the additional costs are added to the inclusive fee quoted.

According to TASB officials, their placements have a high success rate. More than 90 percent of the superintendents ESS placed in the past four years are still in their districts.

TASB’s membership includes all 1,030 Texas school districts, 20 regional education service centers, 50 community colleges, 16 tax appraisal districts and 137 shared service arrangements. The Association represents the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state with more than 7,000 school board members that serve over 4.9 million Texas students.

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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