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Board plans to review superintendent candidates

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

PILOT POINT — The Pilot Point school board is expected to review candidates tonight in closed session for the district’s superintendent position.

The board is looking to name someone to succeed Glenn Barber, who has announced he will retire Aug. 30.

Upon reviewing applicants, board President Melinda Street said the board intends to narrow its applicant pool.

“[Tonight] is going through the resumes and sorting out the candidates we’re going to ask to come in for interviews,” she said.

In January, Pilot Point trustees hired Henderson-based Arrow Educational Services Inc. to lead its superintendent search. The firm also led the district’s last search in 2007, which led to Barber’s hiring.

Jim Dunlap, a representative with AES, shared with board members on March 6 results from a superintendent search profile survey. Pilot Point students, staff members, community members, parents and the school board submitted 271 responses, he said.

The survey identified some issues of concern within the district, including the district’s financial condition, attracting and retaining strong and effective teachers, technology and the expansion of use across the district, district facilities and a need for vision for future district growth.

The survey showed respondents want someone with experience as a superintendent or an assistant superintendent at a larger district.

Respondents also asked for a superintendent with an understanding of school finance and one who is approachable, willing to listen, visible on campus and in the community, passionate about instruction, a motivator and a good communicator.

Board members said they would look for someone who is concerned about student achievement, has experience handling district finances, has experience expanding a district’s technology and has a vision for future growth.

Russell Marshall of AES said 66 people applied for the Pilot Point superintendent position by the March 7 deadline.

Dunlap told board members on March 6 that they will be “really pleased with the candidates” who’ve applied.

“I’m already impressed,” he said.

Street said the board anticipates having its first round of candidate interviews Tuesday through March 28, a second round of interviews April 5 and 6, and the naming of a lone finalist is tentatively scheduled for April 10. She said the board hopes to finalize the hiring of a new superintendent by May 1.

The Pilot Point school board will meet at 6 p.m. today at 829 S. Harrison St. in Pilot Point.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is .