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Letter from Humble ISD School Board: May 25, 2016
May 25, 2016
Dear Humble ISD Community,
Last night, we had the privilege of introducing Dr. Elizabeth Fagen as the Finalist for Humble ISD Superintendent. We want to share additional information about the process the School Board and Search Firm used to thoroughly vet and get to know Dr. Fagen.
Our nationwide search for the next superintendent involved the following steps:
Our School Board partnered with Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, a superintendent search firm that has led more than 1,000 searches in 38 states, to attract and identify the most qualified candidates. The search firm conducted an extensive background check on every candidate recommended to the Board for consideration.
From 43 applicants, seven were selected for Round One interviews. Round One interviews consisted of a two-hour session with each of the seven candidates as well as individual research conducted by our school board. In addition, each Board member individually researched the candidates using information provided by the search firm and public sources. Three finalists were invited back to participate in Round Two interviews, which involved a three-day process and 12 hours of discussion with each candidate. Dr. Fagen was identified as the potential lone finalist. Three Humble ISD School Board members then conducted a site visit to the Douglas County School District where they met with principals, teachers, district administrators, school board members, business and community members. Four Humble ISD School Board members also made phone calls to three references each.
Based upon all of the extensive research and process above, our School Board was well informed on all aspects related to Dr. Fagen’s candidacy. We are aware of the posts from Colorado on our district’s social media page last night and today. We have reviewed the posts, and we want you to know that none of the comments posted were a surprise to us, as we have done extensive research on all seven of our superintendent candidates, including Dr. Liz Fagen. We care deeply about this community and take our responsibilities to replace a wonderful leader like Dr. Sconzo very seriously.
Finally, as you know, it is the role of all school boards to represent their communities’ interests and needs well – to set policies, hire and supervise a superintendent. Therefore, we respect the right of the Douglas County Board of Education to pursue and implement policies that they feel are in the best interest of their staff and students. That said, we want to clear up any perception that our selection of Dr. Fagen implies that we are aligned or interested in the policies that the Douglas County Board has chosen to pursue.
On the contrary, we are excited to have Dr. Fagen use her skills and talents as a former high school science teacher, high school principal, and superintendent to continue to lead the work in our district; the work we have set forth. She is equally excited to engage in this partnership and to collaborate with Dr. Sconzo to continue the path of our excellent district. Context is key and it is why local control is important.
The vision of our School Board is to continue the culture and climate we all enjoy as part of the Humble ISD Family, and we could not be more excited about partnering with Dr. Fagen.
Brent M. Engelage