Trustees put plan in place for superintendent search

The Wills Point ISD Board of Trustees held a special called meeting on Aug. 3, establishing a course of action for the hiring of both an interim superintendent and a full-time superintendent to oversee the district going forward.

The move comes several weeks after the board’s regular monthly meeting on July 16 included the announcement and acceptance of current Superintendent Suzanne Blasingame’s resignation effective Aug. 31.

Prior to being named WPISD Superintendent in January 2012, Blasingame had served the district at virtually every level, beginning as an elementary school teacher, and including time as principal of Wills Point High School, the district’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Assistant Superintendent at the WPISD Administration Office.

Following an executive session near the close of the July meeting, board president C.W. Wilson announced that Blasingame had submitted her resignation and that the responsibilities of superintendent would be given to assistant superintendent of operations Damon Davis until an interim superintendent could be named.

On Monday morning, trustees had a single item listed as part of their action agenda: “Consideration and approval to hire TASB (the Texas Association of School Boards) for superintendent search including interim superintendent.”

Board President C.W. Wilson explained the item, stating, “TASB has a database of superintendents that are available and they have already checked those superintendents’ references. They know what their strong points are and they will try to match us up with whoever fits our situation, not only in the interim but also in the superintendent search.”

Wilson added that the board would be communicating with TASB to advise of the criteria they are looking for to fill the position. Trustees unanimously voted in favor of the item.

Wilson continued, “They are going to bring us three candidates for the interim job on Friday (Aug. 7)…We’ll try to give each candidate about 45 minutes for us to sit down and visit with them. We’re trying to get this done so we can have an interim in place when school starts.”

 

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