Fort Worth

What Fort Worth wants in its next superintendent

The next superintendent of the Fort Worth school district should have excellent people skills, a person who inspires trust and “models high standards of integrity and personal performance,” according to information gathered from 800 online surveys and input from more than 300 parents and others at community meetings.

The characteristics are now part of a “superintendent’s profile” that will be published in advertisements and an online job application, school board President Norman Robbins said.

Prospective candidates have until Jan. 5 to apply for the job, which pays more than $300,000 a year.

“I am very pleased with the community input,” Robbins said.

Trustees are searching for a superintendent to replace Walter Dansby, who resigned in June. He was replaced by interim Superintendent Pat Linares, who has said she is not interested in the job full time.

For several weeks, trustees have been compiling information from meetings held in each of their nine districts to hear from parents, teachers and community members on what characteristics they expect in a superintendent. The board expects to start interviewing candidates Jan. 19 and to select a superintendent by Feb. 1.

Nancy Ricker, an educator who retired from the district three years ago, is helping the board with the interview and selection process, Ricker said.

The board has hired the consultant firm Ray & Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to help with the search.

Trustees are also seeking a strong communicator who operates on a “student-first” philosophy.

Other traits to appear on the online application include a leader with the skills “required to respond to the challenges presented by an ethnically and culturally diverse community.”