Lubbock Independent School District’s Board of Trustees will consider Superintendent Berhl Robertson Jr.’s retirement agreement, official naming of a new superintendent and May elections for four positions on the board during a Thursday morning meeting.
Robertson announced his intention to retire in October, emphasizing that he wanted to give trustees plenty of time to conduct a search.
Board President Laura Vinson said the board received 16 applications for the superintendent job and interviewed six. The board chose to first conduct its own search, but board members said Robertson’s early notice allowed them plenty of time to conduct a national search if needed.
After the board-led search, members named Kathy Rollo, former associate superintendent of LISD, as the lone finalist for the superintendent role on Dec. 18. A 21-day waiting period required by the state is over, and the board will take a final vote to decide whether to officially offer her the job on Thursday morning.
The board members must also approve a series of election orders to start the process of the May 5 general elections for four seats on the board.
Up for election to four-year terms are seats held by Vinson, who holds an at-large position; James Arnold, who is the district 4 candidate; and Mark Blankenship, who is the district 3 candidate.
Trustee Zach Brady’s seat will also be up for election. He was appointed to fill a vacancy in June, but must officially run for the seat in the next general election. If he runs and wins, he would face re-election in May of 2020.
“Filing for those positions opens on January 17 and goes through Feb. 16,” said Nancy Sharp, LISD executive director of communications and community relations.
Interested candidates can pick up a packet for the election in the LISD central office at 1628 19th St.
The board will also discuss the district’s 2018-19 school calendar during its meeting on Thursday.