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Superintendent hunt begun by TISD board
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TRINITY – The first step toward hiring a new superintendent was taken Monday night by the Trinity School Board when the agreed to interview three selection companies. The selection group chosen will work with the school board to establish the criteria for candidates and will solicit and evaluate applications for the positions. Because several dozen applications are typically received anytime there is a school superintendent’s post open, the company will help the board weed them down to a more manageable number to be selected for actual interviews. During a special meeting Monday night, the board agreed to interview the Austin-based Texas Association of School Boards, Arrow Education Services of Henderson and DRV Educational Solutions of Madisonville. Interim Superintendent Jake Sherman indicated the DRV group is affiliated with the Region VI Educational Service Center of Huntsville. Sherman told the board he will set up interviews with the three groups and would try to have representatives present for board interviews on the same night. “I won’t know for sure that I can get them all here at the same meeting until I talk to them, but that’s what I will try to do,” he told the board. Although Sherman was named as the interim superintendent on April 26, they also formally voted Monday night to hire him for the position. He will serve as the district’s chief administrator until a permanent superintendent can be named. Sherman is replacing Dr. Bobby Rice, who resigned effective April 30 to accept the post of director of ancillary services with the Gilmer ISD. After retiring as the Corrigan-Camden ISD superintendent in 1996, Sherman has served a number of East Texas school districts as an interim superintendent while they search for permanent replacements. He filling in as the Trinity ISD superintendent for an eight month period during the 2002-2003 school year. “I want to thank this board for considering me for the position of interim superintendent,” Sherman said Monday night. “It is an honor to come back to this district and I look forward to working for you and with you. I also look forward to serving the boys and girls of this community.” Discipline workshop Following the special meeting, the school board convened a workshop session to deal with proposed changes to the Student Code of Conduct for the 2010-2011 school year. Sherman noted that most of the changes being made in the code come from recent changes made in state law but asked the board to consider making one option change. Under his proposal, making a bomb threat against a school would be added to the list of offenses for which a student could be expelled. Currently, students who make such threats can be suspended for short times and possible be placed in the Alternative Education Program (AEP) where they continue to attend classes but are segregated from the rest of the student body. Sherman also asked the board to consider changes in the way AEP students are handled during summer school programs. The formal adoption of the code of conduct will be placed on the agenda for the May 24 meeting of the board, at which time the board is expected to approve a final version.