Williamson recommends two superintendent search firms


   To help begin the search for a new superintendent, Interim Supt. Dr. Marc Williamson recommended two search firms to the Fredericksburg Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday night.

The recommendation came during the board’s regular meeting, which was held at the Central Office, 234 Friendship Lane.

“I certainly don’t want to overstep my boundaries, but I also want to give you valid recommendations so that you have something to work on,” Williamson said. “I think we would all agree that to have a successful superintendent, there needs to be not only somebody with expertise and general knowledge of the field, but somebody who understands the ambience of the community and the folks here.”

He recommended two firms, CCR Educational Consultants and and Educational Solutions and Services. CCR Educational is represented by Dr. Skip Casey, former superintendent in Coleman, and Educational Solutions and Services is represented by Dr. Mike Smith, a former New Braunfels superintendent.

These are two firms he believes can help find the ideal candidate.

“The size and the locale all make a difference in who they are, either intentionally or unintentionally swayed by,” Williamson said.

He asked the board to agree to set up individual times where these firms can make presentations and take questions. He is still in the process of finding other firms to recommend.

Board members were in agreeance with setting up times with these firms.


HB 3 goals

The board also approved House Bill 3 goals for Early Child Literacy, Early Childhood Math and College, Career or Military Readiness.

Robyn Derington, assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, said these goals would have been passed in the previous school year, but an extension was given for Jan. 31, after STAAR testing was suspended.

Goals for Early Childhood Reading Literacy, Early Childhood Math and CCMR were based on 2019 STAAR results. Early Childhood goals were to increase the amount of students who meet grade level on STAAR reading from 51-65% by 2024, and the percent of kids who are on grade level for STAAR math from 54-68% by 2024.

Each campus had separate goals based on school data collected from 2020. All are geared toward increasing the amount of students on grade level in their reading and math courses.

The campuses also had a targeted professional development plan, which was to have teachers in all of the listed grade levels complete the Science of Reading Academies by the end of the 2022-2023 school year. It also states that all teachers in these grade levels will complete math content specific to professional development.

One focus she said the district has for spring is to become more consistent on the instruments being used for each grade level.

“We are going to try to get together and look at what’s going to be best for kids,” she said.

The CCMR outcome goal was based on the recently published TAPR report, which was to increase percent of graduates who are college, career or military ready from 65-79% by August 2024.

Goals will be updated each year, based on student progress, Derington said.

The board unanimously approved the goals.

In other business:

The board also:

• Discussed possibly calling a bond issue election; and

• Approved new sub rates.