Fort Worth

School board to mull candidates for Fort Worth superintendent

Trustees on Monday are expected to begin combing through applications for the Fort Worth school district’s next superintendent.

“We’ve cast a broad net, and we will look at certain candidates that would be of interest to us,” board President Norman Robbins said Friday.

The board will meet in closed session at 5:30 p.m. Monday, and Robbins said trustees hope to select six or seven candidates. Once that occurs, the board will conduct in-person interviews with each of them.

A final candidate is expected to be selected over the next few weeks, and a new superintendent could be named by Feb. 1, Robbins said.

“We should be in a position to give you a final result the first part of February,” Robbins said. “Maybe a little sooner than that. I hope so.”

By law, the board must wait 21 days from the date it announces a top candidate before it finalizes a contract.

Nancy Ricker, an educator who retired from the Fort Worth school district three years ago after serving as executive director for parent and public engagement, is helping the board with the interview and selection process, she said.

The board in August hired the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, consultant firm of Ray & Associates to help conduct the superintendent search.

The board is hoping to select a new leader in order to replace Walter Dansby, who resigned from the school district June 2. Interim Superintendent Pat Linares has been leading the district since his departure.

Yamil Berard, 817-390-7705

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