School Board Begins Process of Hiring New Superintendent

School Board Begins Process of Hiring New Superintendent
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March 2, 2015 – The Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees held a special board meeting Monday to begin the process of searching for the next leader of the district. Board President John Ben Blanchard suggested the board look at candidates within the district to continue the system that has produced positive results both academically and in terms of cost efficiency.

“Our district outperforms all of our peers, so we don’t want to change our culture or the views that led to that success,” said Blanchard. “We need to decide if there is a qualified internal candidate within our own ranks. After an internal search, we can always go outside to external candidates if needed.”

Trustee James Allen agreed, “We want to look at our own people first.”

The board agreed to start the process of looking for a new superintendent by conducting conversations with teacher representatives and key district leaders to gain a better understanding of the state of the district. After those initial meetings, the job will be opened to internal candidates in mid-March with interviews taking place near the end of the month.

Superintendent Rod Schroder recently announced his retirement effective at the end of August.

“Our goal in the internal search is to maintain the culture and continue the good work of Rod Schroder,” explained Trustee Anette Carlisle.

For a detailed timeline of the process, click here-- Superintendent Search Timeline (Revised April 1, 2015).

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