Round Rock ISD to plan for new superintendent May 18

The Round Rock ISD board of trustees will hold a workshop May 18 to discuss the relationship between the new superintendent and the trustees and more, said board president Catherine Hanna at the May 16 meeting.

The workshop will be facilitated by the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates of the Educational Consultants and Research Associates Group, the leadership recruitment firm the district hired to assist in the superintendent search.

"Part of what we hope to get out of this particular workshop with the consultants is to really go ahead and start talking about our relationship with the superintendent that we have not even met yet," Hanna said. "It's almost starting to work on our superintendent evaluation before we have the superintendent."

Hanna said that the board invited the five candidates selected to interview for trustee Colby's position, Place 6, to attend the workshop. The board will interview those candidates on May 20. To view the agendas for future board meetings, visit the website.

"We have invited the trustee candidates to be there as well because whoever is named to Place 6, they are really going to have to hit the ground running," Hanna said.

On Jan. 30 superintendent Jess Chvez announced his retirement. On May 1, the board agreed on a list of top characteristics that it would like to see in the district's next superintendent. Those characteristics include someone who is visionary, has impeccable integrity, is approachable and receptive, and has demonstrated a proven track record in a similar district to Round Rock ISD.

At the meeting, the board named Jaie Kim as Spicewood Elementary School's new principal. She currently serves as the assistant principal at John B. Connally High School in Pflugerville ISD.

"As a proud product of Round Rock ISD myself I am thrilled to come back home and be part of the Panther family at Spicewood Elementary School," Kim said.

The board's May 16 meeting was Glen Colby's last as a trustee. Colby resigned on April 5, citing board time demands as his reason for stepping down.

"It has been an extreme personal honor to serve the community, to serve the citizens and students of the district as a member of the board of education for Round Rock ISD for these past five years."

End of school year findings and recommendations

The School Health Advisory Council gave recommendations regarding nutrition, recess and risky behavior for the district. SHAC recommendations include for the board to review some of the district's food policies to determine whether some items may be improved to reflect the Institute of Medicine's nutrition standards, a nonprofit organization that helps those in private sectors and in government make informed decisions about heath.

Matt Stillwell, the SHAC's chairman, said that the council did not have enough time before the end of the school year to make recommendations regarding other areas of student health such as sex education. It's next meeting is scheduled for September 10. To view the complete list of SHAC's recommendations to the board, see the presentation.