VISD seeks public input for superintendent opening

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

March 3, 2012 at 9:04 p.m.

The next Victoria school district superintendent will have high expectations to live up to.

In order to find the right candidate, the school board will meet in special session 6 p.m. Tuesday at the VISD Administration Building, 102 Profit Drive, to hear residents' input on what qualities they want in the district's leader.

The district ran for six years under the direction of Bob Moore, who announced about two weeks ago his decision not to extend his contract.

B.W.P. & Associates, an Illinois-based recruiter, was brought in when Moore was hired and will help the district find another leader.

School Board President Tami Keeling said the most important aspect of beginning the process is the community. Administration, teachers and school board members will also have a chance to weigh in on the subject.

Input from Tuesday's meeting will be used to build a profile for the hiring agency to define their search for the right candidate, she said.

"I'm certainly wanting to hear what the community has to say," Keeling said.

Keeling was one of four current board members who hired Moore.

He brought years of leadership experience from Oklahoma City, Mesa County Valley in Grand Junction, Colo., and Amarillo, to Victoria.

"I think Bob has brought, in my mind, two very important strengths to the district: systemic change and financial stability," Keeling said. "No one is going to be the same, I just think those are two very important things."

The process of hiring a new superintendent can take between 90 and 120 days, she said. If the process is smooth, a new superintendent could be hired by July.

Along with the open forum, the district will have surveys ready for people to pick up and fill out about the superintendent search.

Robby Burdge, who serves on the Victoria College Board of Trustees, said he wants a superintendent who will "maintain the vision and consistency" Moore brought to the community.

Burdge said extended programs for dual-credit, vocational and industry-specific courses can provide a huge opportunity to students, the school and the Crossroads.

"VISD is a pipeline for employment for industry," Burdge said. "High school kids need to see there's an opportunity - four-year schools may not be for everyone, two-year technical school may be a better avenue."

Under Moore's six years of leadership, the district constructed two new high schools, a middle school, two elementary schools and a fine arts and aquatic center, thanks to an unprecedented bond election.

Moore overhauled the inner workings of VISD, putting the district on the path to becoming what Keeling called a "premier school district in Texas."



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