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Houston School Board Maps Out Timeline For Superintendent Search

The board’s goal is to hire an outside search firm before the end of the year.

The Houston school board now has a tentative timeline to find a replacement for Superintendent Terry Grier, who’s leaving in March.

The board’s goal is to hire an outside search firm before the end of the year.

They’ll send out an official request for proposals later this month. But school board president Rhonda Skillern Jones says already they’ve received “solicitations galore.”

“We will be interviewing the best firms that we’ve chosen from that group of proposed ones and we hope to have that whittled down to a choice to vote on by December board meeting,” she said.

Before then, the school board is going prepare for what some say is their most important job.

They’ll get trained in November by Cathy Mincberg, who runs the Center for Reform of School Systems. She’s also a former HISD trustee.

“Because most people haven’t been through a search process, it gets kind of messy if you try to design while you’re doing the process. So we call this a pre-search process. We’re going to actually think about what we might do, pros and cons,” she said.

Mincberg added that one of the biggest pitfalls is finding someone who matches the board’s personality and style.

“Unfortunately, sometimes we end up with looking for someone who can walk on water. And the more the board can get that down to the key critical components they’re looking for, the easier it is to find a good match,” she said.

After the search firm is hired in December, the Houston school board will start asking in January what students, parents and employees would like in their next superintendent.

The current leader, Grier, announced in September that he’s stepping down after six years at the Houston Independent School District.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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