Center ISD Board could name new superintendent finalist this week

Item is up for consideration after closed executive session Thursday

A journey for the Center ISD Board of Trustees which began nearly five months ago could be coming to a culmination this week if a final decision is made on hiring a new superintendent.

The board began the process soon after former Center ISD Superintendent, Dr. James Hockenberry, submitted his resignation in early December, when he accepted a position with Longview ISD as an assistant superintendent.

Serving at the helm of the district on an interim basis has been Dr. Arnie Kelley who was retained in January.

Topping the agenda for a special board meeting at noon Thursday is the “Naming the lone finalist for Superintendent of Schools Position.” That item comes up on the agenda after a closed executive session where a discussion and consideration of naming the superintendent is the lone item listed on the agenda.

Texas state law requires a 21-day waiting period after a school board names a superintendent “Lone Finalist” before the future school superintendent can sign a contract. If the board names a finalist Thursday it will fall into a timeline established by Jim Largent of Largent Consulting, the firm retained by the district to lead the process of solicit applications, review them and work with the board on selecting candidates to interview.

In January, Largent said interviews should be conducted in March with his goal to have a lone finalist named by April 9 with a contract signed by the end of the month. Largent also said the preferred date for the new superintendent to start in Center is June 1.

Earlier in this Thursday's meeting Kelley is scheduled to provide an update on district operations during the prolonged COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. Also listed for consideration in open session is consideration of suspending the district's grading policy and hear a recommendation from Shelly Norvell and Teresa Richard to adopt a revised grading policy.

Due to stipulations of limits on public gathering, Thursday's meeting will be conducted by video conference and will be available for public viewing at:

Below is the full agenda for the meeting:


The Board of Trustees

Center ISD Notice of Special Called Meeting

By Videoconference

April 9, 2020 12:00 PM

A Special Called Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held April 9, 2020, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.

Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), this meeting will be conducted by videoconference. At least a quorum of the Board will be participating by videoconference in accordance with the provisions of Sections 551.125 or 551.127 of the Texas Government Code that have not be suspended by order of the Governor.

Members of the public may access open session portion of this meeting at:

Public comments related to this meeting will be handled as follows: Public comments may be submitted by phone by leaving a voice mail at (936) 598-1627 until 11:00 a.m. The audio comments will be played for the members of the Board or transcribed and read verbatim to the Board at the public comment section of the agenda. A modified version of the public comment regulation consistent with the Attorney General's guidance will remain in effect until the Governor's order on the suspension of certain portions of the Texas Open Meetings Act is lifted or modified.

Members of the public who desire to address the Board regarding an item on this agenda must comply with the registration procedures and modified regulation available on the District's website under "Modified Public Comment Regulation". For more information about public comments, see policy BED.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice.

  1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum

  2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance

  3. Public Comments/Audience Participation

  4. COVID 19/CISD Operations Update

    Presenter: Arnie Kelley

  5. Discussion and Consideration to Suspend Current CISD Grading Policy and Recommendation to Adopt Revised Grading Policy Presenter: Shelly Norvell and Teresa Richard

  6. Closed Session 6. 1. Employment of Personnel

    6. 1. 1. Discuss and Consider Naming the Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools Position

  7. Open Session 7. 1. Employment of Personnel

    7. 1. 1. Naming the Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools Position

  8. Adjournment

If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the Board will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas Government Code section 418.183(f). Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. [See BEC(LEGAL)]

The notice for this meeting was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meeting Act on: April 6, 2020 12:00 p.m.

______________________ ___________________ Interim Superintendent, Center ISD Board President, Center ISD


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