The Henderson School Board hired a consulting firm Wednesday afternoon to facilitate the search for a new superintendent.

The move comes after last month’s announcement by Superintendent Keith Boles that he will retire at the end of this school year.  

The board voted unanimously to use the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) for the search. TASB is a non-profit group that provides a variety of services such as legal assistance and training to school boards across the state.

Joe Dan Lee, a field services representative with TASB told the board he would do everything he could to help them find the right person for the job.

“We facilitate the search with you,” said Lee, a former superintendent himself who spent more than 20 years at the helm of Texas school districts. “We do all the legwork and background checks. We bring you all the information you need. But in the end, you make the decision.”

Lee said TASB will advertise the position locally and across the state as well as actively recruit candidates for the job. He said TASB will also seek input from the board, teachers and staff and the community before looking at specific candidates.

“You’re going to have a number of very well qualified candidates to choose from,” said Lee. “But don’t get hung up on the number of applicants. You’ll probably have 50 to 65 qualified applicants. But you have eight to ten really good ones and then we want to select six from that.”

Lee said boards typically interview six candidates and then follow up with a second interview with three of them before choosing a “lone finalist.”  

He said he expects the whole process to take about four months with a new superintendent ready to report to work around May 1.

Lee recently helped Kilgore ISD find a new superintendent. TASB will charge the district $6,500 for its services.

The school board will meet with Lee again in December to layout a specific timeline for the process.

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