Dallas school trustees could name a new superintendent as soon as next week.
Trustees may announce a finalist — or finalists — for the top job during a Wednesday night meeting, according to an agenda posted online.
Texas school trustees typically name a lone finalist as they must wait the state-mandated 21 days before officially hiring a new leader.
Whoever is selected will inherit the state’s second-largest school system as it grapples with helping its roughly 145,000 students recover from academic setbacks triggered by the pandemic.
Outgoing schools chief Michael Hinojosa announced earlier this year his plan to step down, with some speculating he plans to run for mayor.
Trustees then launched their first national search for a superintendent successor since 2011.
The board’s search got off to a fraught start. The trustees initially planned to use two search firms for the job. One quickly dropped out, leaving Austin-based Walsh Gallegos as the sole firm working with the district.
The trustees were also divided on how important it was to them that the next superintendent have multilingual skills. Roughly 45% of DISD students are non-native English speakers.
Deputy superintendent Susana Cordova is widely seen as a leading internal contender for the job. She previously led the Denver school system before being recruited to Dallas by Hinojosa, who has called her a “rock star.”
He’s entrusted with several key initiatives, including pandemic recovery efforts.
But it’s far from guaranteed that the DISD board will choose her as some have questioned if she’s the right choice.
Trustees emphasized a tight timeline. They want someone in place so they can hit the ground running ahead of the next school year, plus they face competition from other North Texas districts, which have seen an exodus of superintendents this year.
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