Austin ISD began advertising last week a request for proposals, or RFP, for an executive search firm to conduct the district’s pending superintendent search.

According to a March 2 update posted to the district’s website, the process to secure a search firm will take about six to eight weeks, and an overall timeline about the superintendent search will be more clear once a firm is hired.

The RFP listing, posted online March 3, shows that submissions from interested search firms are due March 24 at 2 p.m. The district will then create a shortlist of search firms and presentations April 4, and a finalist could be approved at a special board meeting April 20.

AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz announced Feb. 19 that he plans to resign later this year to take a position in The University of Texas at Austin’s college of education.

District trustees met in executive session to discuss the resignation for the first time during a board meeting Feb. 24 and released an official statement Feb. 26.

“On behalf of the board of trustees, I want the community to know that as we select the next leader of AISD, we are committing to a transparent process, which includes meaningful community engagement and timely communication,” board President Geronimo Rodriguez said in the Feb. 26 statement.