Henderson ISD trustees selected a firm to assist them in their superintendent search Wednesday afternoon.

Board members hired the Texas Association of School Boards’ Executive Search Services for a fee of $6,500. Kilgore, Pine Tree and Spring Hill ISDs hired the firm this year for their superintendent searches.

The board’s superintendent search comes after trustees accepted Superintendent Keith Boles’ resignation earlier this month. Boles was hired in April 2010 and will retire on June 30, after leading Henderson ISD for nine years.

TASB Field Service Representative Joe Dan Lee said the fee includes services such as candidate screening, an online survey for parents and community members and salary negotiations.

“Part of our deal (is) you get a transition workshop from our leadership team services division. ... It’s really a good time to do goal-setting and transitioning with the new superintendent, as trustees,” he said. “You get a two-year guarantee. If, for some reason, you get a person in here and you don’t like them or they don’t like you and they leave within two years, we’ll come back and do this again with no cost.”

The board should expect 50 to 65 applicants for the position, Lee said. Boles said TASB’s application process is lengthy and very detailed.

“If you’re not 100 percent sure that you really want to be considered for the job, you’re not going to fill (the application) out. It took two or three nights, many hours to answer those questions,” Boles said.

At the board’s regular meeting scheduled for Dec. 11, Lee said, he will have a “planning meeting” with trustees. Trustrees will consider the salary range the district can pay the next superintendent and set the search timeline. The superintendent search should be complete by mid-April, he said.

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