Superintendent Todd Washburn began the discussion by announcing that the period for applications to the committee had closed, and that the board now has 52 applications to consider. According to Washburn, the representation of the district’s four elementary school zones (Dripping Springs Elementary, Rooster Springs Elementary, Sycamore Springs Elementary and Walnut Springs Elementary) presented by the application pool was “as near equal as you could possibly get.” He said that final selections should include the same diversity.
Based on guidelines designed by Washburn’s predecessor, interim superintendent Nola Wellman, the committee will include 9 members, along with 2 alternates. The board decided at the Jan. 20 agenda review that the trustees will each rank their top 11 applicants. Washburn will analyze the data from the trustees’ rankings and present a report to the board by Jan. 30, he said, which is the date of the entity’s next meeting. At that point, the board will discuss if another round of consideration is warranted.
Once appointed, the committee will hold quarterly meetings and present recommendations to the board biannually.