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Waco ISD Prepares For Announcement Of Lone Finalist To Superintendent Post

Jan. 26, 2011

Butch Felker is the director of executive searches for the Texas Association of School Boards in Austin. Since the announcement that former superintendent Roland Hernandez was leaving Waco ISD for Corpus Christi late last summer, Felker has been helping shepherd the district and the board through the all-important task of selecting the person who will lead Waco ISD into the next chapter of its story. From the get-go, the board approved a list of characteristics necessary to be the new superintendent, and Felkner says that the process of paring down from 47 to 1 was shaped by those factors.

The candidates who best exemplify those qualities have already been interviewed, some coming in more than once. From those finalists, the school board is now prepared to name the lone finalist--the "candidate of choice."

That person will be announced on Tuesday. From there, the process becomes a formality, as both sides work to dot all the "I's" and cross all the "T's" before officially hiring the new leader. It takes place three weeks after the board announces the "intent to hire" their "candidate of choice."

Butch Felkner said there is a sense of excitement and relief for both the Texas Association of School Boards and the Waco ISD School Board now that they have reached this point. We'll have coverage of the new superintendent and reaction from the community after next Tuesday's announcement here on Waco NPR. For KWBU News, I'm Derek Smith.

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