Dallas superintendent search committee appointed by board

DALLAS — The committee charged with narrowing the field of Dallas school superintendent applicants will be getting to work soon.

The Dallas School Board approved the list of committee members, 27 in all, representing district administrators, teachers, classified staff, parents and community members, city officials and business leaders.

Community members on the committee include: Dallas Police Chief Tom Simpson; George Fisher, representing Dallas Rotary Club; Brittney Rettler-Thomas and Bob Brannigan, representing the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce; Mike Holland; Angela Munkers; Marita Barth; Dallas City Councilor Jim Fairchild; Clinton Branum, representing Rotary; and Brent DeMoe, Polk County’s Family & Community Outreach manager.

The screening committee will meet Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. for training and to begin screening applicant resumes with the objective determining which candidates should be scheduled for interviews.

A potentially lengthy process, the committee also is scheduled to meet Feb. 12-13 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. If needed, committee members could meet Feb. 14, as well.

The school board will meet Feb. 16 to review the screening committee results and officially select those candidates to be invited for interviews.

If all goes according to plan, initial interviews and community meet-and-greets with finalists will be conducted in February and early March, with the district possibly naming its next superintendent in March. The new superintendent will begin July 1.

In other business on Monday, the Dallas School Board:

• Learned that implementing a full-day kindergarten program during the 2015-16 school year would only cost an additional $4,000, most of which would be in equipment and supplies costs. That figure is assuming no substantial increase in enrollment. Nine classrooms between Oakdale Heights and Lyle elementary schools would be needed to accommodate moving to a full-day schedule, if the board decided to go that route. If enrollment stays steady, class sizes are estimated to be about 20 to 21 students.

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