Local school board members voted Tuesday to interview six applicants as part of a superintendent job search, following a closed session with senior TASB consultant Marian Strauss, according to superintendent's administrative assistant Yvonne Bergert.

Strauss was contracted by JISD trustees after Dr. Joe Wardell announced this past year he would be stepping down as the schools superintendent. TASB – the Texas Association of School Boards – offers an Executive Search Services to help with the process.

Prior to the closed session, Strauss briefly explained the timeline the district would follow in the hiring process, which includes a period of initial interviews Jan. 20-22, follow-up interviews Feb. 3-5, a Feb. 11 vote to name a lone finalist and a March 5 hire date.

She said during her presentation, the board would discuss whether or not board members would opt to visit the home districts of the top three candidates, as well as go over tips for smooth interviews.

Such as keeping each of the six interviews down to 90 minutes, and asking candidates “What will it take you to come to JISD,” Strauss pointed out, adding that TASB offers a list of interview questions a district can use or supplement.

Wardell's resignation is effective at the end of March 2015.

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