Although actual interviews are completed in confidential closed sessions, how the interview process takes place can be transparent. Within the Aledo ISD’s hiring process, the interview setting involved strict and specific conditions.
In the first round of interviews, the top six candidates were greeted in the same respectful manner and given the same instructions. A set of predetermined questions were asked by every board member in the same order found seated in the same arrangement around the same conference table under the same time allotment. The objective for this strict arrangement created a mirrored opportunity for each candidate to have an equal interview.
The questions included topics regarding Community Relations, Administration, Finance, Construction, Curriculum, Leadership and Accountability just to name a few. From the top six candidates, three were chosen for a second round of interviews. This allowed the board the opportunity to expand on previously answered questions.
Most school boards use a similar hiring process with more or less steps involved. Once a “lone-finalist” is chosen and introduced to the community, a district must wait 21 days before the school board can officially hire a new superintendent.
School board members are elected by local communities to be stewards of their local schools. Transparency is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Ultimately, transparency keeps everyone pointed in the right direction – a direction aimed toward student achievement. Make Education a Priority.
Bobby J. Rigues is the founder of MEaP – Make Education a Priority, a Leadership TASB Class of 2009 Master Trustee and an Aledo ISD Board of Trustee. You can contact him at Brigues@att.net.