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Houston School Board Takes First Steps to Find Next Superintendent

The head of the teachers union wants the board to ask the community for their input before starting a national search.

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As it begins the hunt for its next superintendent, one of the first things the Houston school board decided was to keep the same leadership during this transition.

That means not hiring an interim chief and instead relying on the outgoing superintendent Terry Grier and his staff.

“We have come to the conclusion that we are going to immediately look for a search firm and put out an RFP to do that as soon as possible,” said board president Rhonda Skillern Jones at a recent meeting.

That firm would look for candidates to lead the Houston Independent School District, which is the state's largest school district.

But before that, some school leaders think HISD should do something else.

“They certainly could start the process of talking with the community,” said Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers.

“One thing they did not do seven years ago, a very good job of in my personal opinion, is holding hearings with the community, building a profile of what the community wants in their leader, what the community needs,” he said.

Capo added that that would create some priorities and guide all the other steps to find the next superintendent.

Grier announced in September that he will not stay through the end of his contract and will resign effective March 2016, ending a long tenure marked by aggressive change.

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