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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.


    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.


    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


    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


    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


    Vacancy for superintendent position posted and application period officially opens


    Application period for superintendent position closes


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


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


    Second-round interviews conducted, with potential board action possible to name a lone finalist; Dr. Mike Rockwood has since been named lone finalist for the position


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


    Dr. Mike Rockwood begins new position