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Search for new Kilgore ISD chief under way

By Christina Lane
Nov. 27, 2012 at 11 p.m.

The Kilgore ISD school board opted on Monday to conduct its next superintendent search without using an outside firm.

Interim Superintendent Dennis Williams said Tuesday trustees unanimously agreed to conduct their own search.

The district created an application packet for applicants to fill out. The application packet is under review by the school district's attorney. After the attorney approves it, the information will post it online for applicants to fill out for submission or it will be available in hard copy, Williams said.

The goal is to begin accepting applications within the next few days, Williams added.

Williams has served as interim superintendent since Jody Clements left the district in September to work for Longview ISD.

Williams, a 27-year educator and 1979 Kilgore High School graduate, came to the district several years ago as the assistant superintendent of human resources. Six months later, he was promoted to deputy superintendent - a position in which he continues to serve.

Williams obtained his superintendent certification from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Trustees have said Williams can apply for the full-time job.

A schedule for hiring a superintendent has not yet been determined, Williams said. It will likely depend upon the response the district receives, he added. After naming a lone finalist for the position, there is a 21-day waiting period before the school board can hire.

In other business Monday night, trustees unanimously approved a joint venture with the City of Kilgore and other entities to demolish C.B. Dansby School. The campus formerly served black students. Williams said trustees authorized a maximum of $50,000 going toward the project.

The school board also heard information on a device lending policy in the district. Kilgore ISD plans to loan students various electronic devices, such as iPads, and is developing a system for checking the devices out to students and guidelines for use, Williams said. There will be procedures for checks on the equipment to make sure it is safe and periodically monitoring the equipment to see what activities students have used it for and monitor that it is being used for educational purposes, he said.

Trustees gave administrators approval to continue moving forward with the policy.



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