College Station Independent School District
Workshop Meeting Minutes
February 3, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Administrative Conference Room
A. CALL TO ORDER
President Valerie Jochen called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.
All seven board members were present: President Valerie Jochen, Vice President Paul Dorsett, Secretary Jeff Harris, and Trustees Carol Barrett, Kimberly McAdams, Quinn Williams, and Michael Wesson.
C. WORKSHOP SESSION
C-1. Consideration, discussion and possible action related to a Superintendent search and selection process
Dr. Valerie Jochen, Board President, led the work and discussion of trustees for an hour to work on the “key characteristics” of a future superintendent for CSISD. Trustees focused on student growth and achievement and so that new leader should have instructional knowledge and be able to culture student learning. The type of experience is important and the candidate should have Central Office experience, hopefully at the Deputy Superintendent level.
The ideal candidate will be supportive of the Consortium work toward community accountability: not looking for a “change agent”, but someone to fine-tune the current direction of the district: a superintendent with an eye on continued improvement.
CSISD is looking for someone who will have a good relationship with the school board. Someone who is professional and has integrity. Trustees are looking for someone who will engage the community and will have a willingness to communicate: the good, the bad, and the ugly – and the ability to do that. Must have a willingness to listen and not be defensive – must have a healthy respect for the board – as opposed to here’s my way. Must be in agreement with the board on big issues and confident in abilities to listen and engage.
The education of the candidate is important and a doctorate level was implied. The person must be a leader of leaders – someone who empowers leaders to lead. A candidate’s leadership philosophy is important – do you develop people? Work experience in a mid to large size district would be expected at a Central Administration level.
The candidate must have a passion for learning. Vision a 21st Century learner…what do they look like?
The candidate must be able to manage a growing district and manage the funding.
Trustees started to discuss timeline and decided to go into executive session.
D. EXECUTIVE SESSION
D-1. The Board will meet in executive session to conduct a closed meeting to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee. The executive session deliberations will be held pursuant to the “Personnel Matters; Closed Meeting” exception to the Texas Open Meetings Act as set forth in Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code.
The Board went into executive session at 5:14 p.m.
E. OPEN SESSION
Without objection President Jochen adjourned the meeting at 6:40 p.m.