Search for DSD boss ready for next step

Superintendent to be named in March

DALLAS — The Dallas School Board is ready for the next step in the process of finding and hiring a new superintendent: interviews.

Monday night, the district’s superintendent screening committee, including school board members, met to reduce the pool of 18 applicants to those the board would take a closer look at through an initial interview.

The 27-member committee, which consisted of district staff, city representatives, business leaders and community members, held its first meeting Feb. 11 to begin reviewing applications and resumes.

Superintendent search consultant Mike Taylor said Dallas will compete with 14 other school districts looking for a new leader, a number of them of similar size to Dallas.

“This is very typical of what we have been getting in other searches in the state,” Taylor said of the number of candidates who applied for the Dallas job.

While the meeting was held in executive session — closed to the public – the district did indicate the board would interview up 10 candidates in the initial round of interviews. Those interviews will also take place in executive session over the next two weeks.

The board approved its superintendent job description, hiring procedures and salary range, and took public input on the process and candidate qualifications in meetings held earlier this school year.

“We had several opportunities at public meetings and surveys (for public comment),” Board Chairman Mike Blanchard said before the first meeting of the screening committee.

Following initial interviews, the board will announce its finalists and schedule in-district visits and public meet-and-greet sessions following interviews with the candidates. Those visits are scheduled for March 5-6 and will include a second interview with the board.

Last fall, Dallas began its search to replace former superintendent Christy Perry, who left the district June 30 to accept a similar post with the Salem-Keizer School District. The board approved a job description and salary range in November and began advertising the post in January.

If the process stays on track, the board should name the district’s new leader in March.

Taylor said the search thus far is right on schedule.

“There is a good pool of candidates in the market right now,” Taylor said. “We are confident Dallas will find the right person.”

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