Kick FWISD search into high gear

It’s the middle of January, seven months since Walter Dansby resigned as superintendent of the Fort Worth school district.

Now trustees say they’re getting down to the serious business of hiring a new top administrator. It’s about time.

Meeting in a closed session last Monday, the school board hoped to narrow down the list of applicants to six or seven for in-person interviews.

“We should be in a position to give you a final result the first part of February,” board President Norman Robbins told Star-Telegram reporter Yamil Berard. “Maybe a little sooner than that. I hope so.”

The board hired Ray & Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to help with the search, but the work has been slow.

Interim Superintendent Pat Linares has been running the district these past few months, but it’s always better to have a permanent leader at the helm.

Once board members settle on a final candidate, state law says they must wait 21 days before finalizing a contract. Unless an in-house applicant is selected, the waiting period and the time required for the new hire to relocate mean a new superintendent won’t be on board for months.