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DISD Begins Public Input Meetings

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The Dallas School District holds a series of public meetings this week to find out what citizens want in their next Superintendent. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports some trustees already have an idea what they’ll say.

Veteran Trustee Edwin Flores says he and other board members have heard from residents and parents for several months now about what they expect from the next superintendent. Michael Hinojosa stepped down in May and left for an Atlanta suburban job last summer.

Edwin Flores :20 Somebody who’s a good communicator. Somebody who perhaps has experience in an urban school setting. It’s really going to take someone willing to take the gains we’ve made and continue and accelerate them.

Flores says residents will likely also ask for a school district leader who is efficient with money.

Flores says trustees and the search firm will compile what they hear from the meetings, then come up with candidates to interview, perhaps by April. He hopes they pick a new superintendent by May, before the fiscal year begins in July.

Community meetings have been scheduled to seek input from Dallas citizens about the district’s search for a new superintendent.  Six community meetings are open to the public and scheduled for:

January 9 - 6:30-8 p.m.  W.T. White High School Auditorium - 4505 Ridgeside Drive

January 9 - 6:30-8 p.m.  South Oak Cliff High School Auditorium- 3601 S. Marsalis Avenue

January 10 - 6:30-8 p.m.   Moises E. Molina High School Auditorium - 2355 Duncanville Road

January 10 - 6:30-8 p.m.  Woodrow Wilson High School Auditorium - 100 S. Glasgow

January 11 - 6:30-8 p.m.  Dallas ISD Administration Building Board Room - 3700 Ross Avenue

January 11 - 6:30-8 p.m.  James Madison High School Auditorium - 3000 Martin Luther King Boulevard

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.