By Richard Greene | WC Messenger
Fifty candidates have expressed interest in becoming the next superintendent at Decatur ISD, School Board President Charlie Tibbels reported Monday night.
Tibbels said that has been the number of requests for applications since the job was posted last month. The deadline for applications is Tuesday.
“We’ve had 50 folks request applications and a number of those have submitted completed applications,” Tibbels said. “We expect to get more next week.
“We hope to get someone hired for the second semester. But if the right person is not in that stack of papers, we’re not going to hire someone. We’ll keep it open.”
Interim superintendent Brett Springston, who is leading the superintendent search along with law firm Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo and Kyle, said he expects 60 percent of the requests to be followed with completed applications. He has started his initial work looking into candidates that have filed applications.
“It’s a good opportunity to go through about 20 applicants to make sure they meet the profile that’s been set forth by the board of trustees,” Springston said.
Trustees have a meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 30 to start looking at applications in closed session.
“About 4, we will go into closed session and start working through those applications with Brett and start narrowing them down,” Tibbels said.
Springston said interviewing will start within 10 days of the meeting on Sept. 30 with the top four to six candidates. A week later the top two will be brought back for another round of interviews.
“Somewhere in November, we’ll name a lone finalist,” Springston said.
The job became open after the resignation of Judi Whitis in July. She is now the superintendent at London ISD in Corpus Christi.
The district hired Springston as the interim in July to lead the district and help with the search. He is also expected to help with the transition to the next hire.
“The best thing about this with the search process is I get to work with that person when they are hired and get on board to show them where we are at, where we were and the programs that we are already administering,” Springston said. “It’ll give them good insight to where we are at.”