Executive Search Services, a service offered by the Texas Association of School Boards, was selected Monday evening as the external search consultant to find the next superintendent for the Sherman Independent School District.

Executive Search Services, a service offered by the Texas Association of School Boards, was selected Monday evening as the external search consultant to find the next superintendent for the Sherman Independent School District.


"As you know, this is going to be the most important decision that you’re going to make as a board, and when it comes down to it, it’s going to be your decision," ESS Director Butch Felkner said in a presentation prior to the board meeting. "It’s not going to be our decision. Our role is to help you, consult with you and do everything we can to help you make the right decision."


The Sherman ISD was first introduced to ESS at the Summer Leadership Institute training conference for board members in June, board President Tim Millerick said.


"It’s very cost effective compared to anybody else who would have done a search for us out there. The cost isn’t about paying them, it’s about a nominal fee to get the process done," Millerick said. "Their access and awareness of the network of people that are out there applying and looking at superintendent jobs is outstanding. They are focused on helping boards do well so they’ll be training us in how to conduct that process in ways that we do the best we can and that’s a little different than the other services that we’ve seen."


Millerick described ESS’s services as "comprehensive," because he said the organization assists with the process from beginning to end. Millerick said he believes ESS could offer "constructive ways" to help a district with the transition to a new superintendent.


Once Sherman ISD signs an official agreement with ESS, both parties will start talking about the process of employing an interim superintendent. Sherman ISD Superintendent Al Hambrick’s last day will be Aug. 31.


At the end of August, Millerick said he hopes to have set a date with ESS and local community groups to start the "profiling process." ESS Senior Consultant Marian Strauss said the organization believes that by interviewing local groups and offering online surveys, community members will help establish the type of candidate the district should be looking for.


An inclusive fee will be quoted for ESS’s services, which is based on the district’s average daily attendance and includes travel and expenses, Strauss said. ESS will continue the search until a candidate is hired by the board. If the superintendent leaves within two years of hiring, Strauss said ESS will reopen the search with no additional consulting fees and the district would have to cover only travel and expenses.