List made to assist in superintendent search

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After three public meetings and an online community survey, a list of qualifications and characteristics for a new Friendswood ISD Superintendent were put into list form by a Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) search consultant.

The three public meetings had few attend, according to FISD spokesperson, Dayna Owen, but the online survey received close to 150 responses and helped create the list along with input from faculty and students.

The TASB representative reported that the superintendent, as chief executive officer, is accountable to the Board of Trustees, which expects the superintendent to be the education leader of Friendswood ISD.

Using ideas from the staff, students, parents and the community, the Board of Trustees identified certain characteristics and qualifications as highly desirable. From this, a list was created.

These include being a team builder to build a climate of transparency, mutual trust and cooperation, being a visible leader of high moral standing who embraces the culture and character of Friendswood, being a progressive visionary for instruction and innovative strategies, and being an effective delegator to empower the staff.

Also on the list were the following characteristics: being a motivational leader to build an effective management team, being a highly effective communicator at all levels, being an experienced leader to plan for the district’s future, and having a proven record of successful management of finance, assessment and accountability.

The FISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously at their 2017 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.

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