As the Houston ISD board of trustees gets serious about finding a superintendent through a nationwide search, it has scheduled a series of community meetings throughout the district and posted an online survey to get the public’s feedback on the traits the next leader should have.
District V Trustee Sue Deigaard will host a session at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday (Jan. 15) at Pershing MS, 3838 Blue Bonnet Blvd., and co-host another at 2 p.m. next Wednesday with two other trustees at Long Academy, 6501 Bellaire Blvd.
A districtwide meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 19 at district headquarters, 4400 W. 18th St.
The online survey is available on the HISD website.
All district stakeholders — taxpayers, parents, students, HISD employees, business and community members — are encouraged to weigh in. The board will use feedback to create a profile to use in screening candidates.
The executive search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates — which identified the last superintendent, Richard Carranza, as a candidate — is conducting this search at no cost, since Carranza stayed on the job only 18 months before leaving to take over the leadership of the New York City school system. Grenita Lathan has been serving as interim superintendent and is a candidate for the position.
The full meeting schedule:
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, 6 p.m. (Trustee Jolanda Jones, District IV)
Peck Elementary School, 5001 MLK Blvd., 77021
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, 6:30 p.m. (Trustee Sue Deigaard, District V)
Pershing Middle School, 3838 Blue Bonnet Blvd., 77025
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, 2 p.m. (Trustee Sue Deigaard, District V; Trustee Holly Flynn Vilaseca District VI; Trustee Anne Sung, District VII)
Long Academy, 6501 Bellaire Blvd., 77074
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, 6 p.m. (Trustee Holly Flynn Vilaseca, District VI)
Revere Middle School, 10502 Briar Forest Dr., 77042
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, 7 p.m. (Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, District II)
Barbara Jordan Career Center, 5800 Eastex Fwy., 77026
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m. (Trustee Anne Sung, District VII)
Wisdom High School, 6529 Beverly Hill St., 77057
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, 9 a.m. (HISD Board of Education – Districtwide meeting)
Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St., 77092
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, 6 p.m. (Trustee Sergio Lira, District III, Trustee Diana Davila, District VIII)
Chavez High School, 8501 Howard Dr., 77017
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, 1 p.m. (Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, District II)
Black Middle School, 1575 Chantilly Lane, 77018
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, 9 a.m. (Trustee Elizabeth Santos, District I)
Northside High School, 1101 Quitman, 77009
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, 6 p.m. (Trustee Elizabeth Santos, District I)
Heights High School, 413 E 13th St., 77008
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, 6:30 p.m. (Trustee Wanda Adams, District IX)
Madison High School, 13719 White Heather Dr., 77045
Based on a news release from Houston ISD