Public meetings set to help with Superintendent search

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Three community meetings have been set up for input from Friendswood citizens on what they want Friendswood ISD to look for in seeking a new superintendent. Current superintendent Trish Hanks will retire in August 2017.

The information from these three meetings will help the Board of Trustees determine qualifications and characteristics that would be a perfect fit for the six-campus district.

The three meetings will occur on two days, March 22 and 23.

The first public meeting will be Wednesday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the FISD Boardroom at 302 Laurel. On Thursday, March 23, meetings will take place in the Boardroom at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

School personnel are also being asked for input.

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.

A TASB search consultant will facilitate discussions with community members during the three public meetings.

TASB has also placed an online survey for the community to complete if they choose. Anyone who would like to complete the online survey please go to:

English: http://surveys.tasb.org/s3/friendswood-english.

Spanish: http://surveys.tasb.org/s3/friendswood-spanish.

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.

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.

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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