The Mansfield school board plans to look around before naming a new superintendent.Trustees plan to take several months before naming a replacement for Bob Morrison, who left the district in February to become superintendent of the Garland school district.“We don’t want to rush this process,” said board president Beth Light. “It’s too important.”At their Feb. 26 meeting, trustees decided to break the process down into two parts -- figuring out what they want in a new superintendent of schools and then hiring a search firm to find the right person. The district will ask staff, parents and community members to share what they think are important qualities in a superintendent in a districtwide survey, reaching out at school focus groups, PTA meetings and in an online survey, Light said. Then the board will hire a search firm to find candidates for the position, she said.“We hope to have candidates in the August or September time frame,” Light said. “And definitely have somebody in place in the October or November time frame.”Board members were caught by surprise in January when it was announced that Morrison, 49, was the lone finalist for the Garland school district superintendent position. Morrison, who was named superintendent in 2009 after the retirement of Vernon Newsom, left the district in February. Morrison’s salary when he resigned included $227,137 in salary, $10,000 for travel, $900 for phone and $3,000 for healthcare, according to district officials.His interim replacement, Jim Vaszauskas, 56, who has been the district's associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction since May 2009, has said that he is interested in making the interim job permanent.“With the staff that we have now, we haven’t missed a beat,” Light said. “Dr. V. stepped in and we’re in great shape. Nothing is being put on hold because we have an interim superintendent.”The board is interested in what other people think is important, Light said.“You need to determine what you want in a district to know what you want in a superintendent,” she said. “We really do want to know people’s concerns and challenges.”The board did a district survey before promoting Morrison, who had served as deputy superintendent, but did not interview any other candidates.“They told us they liked the way things were going int he district and didn’t really want changes,” Light said of that survey. “Some community members expressed concern that we didn’t do an external search last time.”Trustees also want the newest member of the school board to be involved in the search process, Light said. Sandra Vatthauer, 51, who has served on the board for nine years, initially filed to run for re-election May 11, but then dropped out of the race. Karen Marcucci, 38, and Dora Watson, 57, are vying for her position in the May election.