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HISD sets 15 meetings on superintendent search

January 10, 2019

Houston ISD trustees will hold 15 community meetings over the next two weeks to solicit feedback about the district’s ongoing superintendent search.

Trustees will kick off the listening tour Monday evening at Peck Elementary School on the city’s southeast side. A districtwide meeting will be held the following Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center. The final meeting will take place Jan. 24 at Madison High School on the city’s south side.

The 15 meetings are spread across the district, with all nine trustees hosting at least one session. Representatives from the district’s superintendent search firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, are expected to attend. All members of the public are invited to attend each session, with the exception of two student-only meetings.

Houston ISD also has posted an online survey for feedback about the superintendent search, available at www.houstonisd.org.

HISD leaders are seeking a permanent replacement for former superintendent Richard Carranza, who left the district in March 2018 to become chancellor of New York City Public Schools. Trustees elevated Grenita Lathan, who previosuly served as chief academic officer, to interim superintendent following Carranza’s departure. It is unlikely Lathan will get the job permanently given that five trustees covertly maneuvered to replace her last October, reversing course two days later when her chosen replacement backed out of the job.

Trustees have said they want to complete their search before April 30. The search will be closed, meaning the names of applicants and finalists will not be disclosed publicly. Trustees said some interested candidates working in other school districts may not apply if their names are publicly released, fearing reprisal from their current constituents. Texas law requires the public naming of a lone finalist at least 21 days before a contract is signed with a chosen candidate.

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