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    The Lake Dallas ISD Board of Trustees has begun a search process for the school district's next superintendent following the departure of Dr. Gayle Stinson in June.

    In Texas, school boards oversee the employment of superintendents at public school districts. As such, they evaluate the current superintendent and hire a new superintendent when needed. In this role, Lake Dallas ISD trustees will determine candidates for the position with the assistance of Walsh Gallegos, which will search for candidates that meet trustees' desired traits and recommend those candidates to the school board.

    Once candidates are selected, trustees will interview each individual before selecting a lone finalist. After a lone finalist is selected, a state-mandated 21-day waiting period will begin before the hire can become official.

    Lake Dallas ISD families can expect additional communication about the search process in the coming weeks and months.

    Download Superintendent Search Brochure


    Candidate Profile

    As part of their search process, Lake Dallas ISD trustees have determined a set of qualifications they wish to see reflected in candidates for the position. Additionally, trustees will seek community input for candidate characteristics. A list of qualities trustees are looking for in candidates is as follows:

    • Required: Texas superintendent certificate
    • Required: Minimum 10 years' of experience in education
    • Preferred: Doctoral Degree
    • Preferred: Prior superintendent experience
    • Preferred: Central office or campus administrative experience

    Families, staff and local residents interested in providing input regarding superintendent qualities had the opportunity to do so via a survey sent to all district families. This survey also addressed areas the respondents felt where the district excels and where it can improve. Trustees will now use this information in their search process.


    Timeline

    The timeline listed below is estimated based on best practices and legal requirements of when each action by the Lake Dallas ISD Board of Trustees would take place in the superintendent search process. Please note these dates are subject to change.

    April
    27

    Birdville ISD named Dr. Gayle Stinson, Lake Dallas ISD superintendent of schools, as the lone finalist to the same position at its school district, beginning a state-mandated 21-day waiting period before the hire can become official

    May
    17

    Approved the school board president to execute an agreement with Walsh Gallegos to conduct a search for the new Lake Dallas ISD superintendent of schools

    May
    24

    Named Gary Patterson as interim superintendent from after June 21 to the beginning of the new, permanent superintendent's tenure; trustees also set/discussed criteria, qualifications, timeline and community input

    May
    26

    Vacancy for superintendent position posted and application period officially opens

    June
    18

    Application period for superintendent position closes

    June
    22

    Trustees review applications, select candidates to interview, discuss contract terms and finalize interview questions

    June
    23-25

    Trustees interview candidates (up to three per night in 60-minute sessions), selecting the top one to three candidates for second-round interviews

    June
    28, 29

    Second-round interviews conducted, with potential board action possible to name a lone finalist

    July
    20 or 21

    Trustees formally vote to hire new superintendent following state-mandated 21-day waiting period, which began once vote to name lone finalist took place

    TBD

    New superintendent begins position