AISD officials could take their first big step towards a new superintendent today, with discussion and possible action on the selection of consultants for the search on today’s agenda. The board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Superintendent Henry Herrera, who led the district for 24 years, announced last December his intention to retire at the end of the school year. Before the Christmas break, several school board members voiced their choices for what they were looking for in a new superintendent.

Board member Yolanda Bueno said previous success would be the strongest indicator in her decision making.

“Just someone who has been successful in another school district,” Bueno said. “And they can think outside of the box with innovative ideas. Someone to lead Alice into the future, with a focus on academics.”

Board member Lupe Martinez hoped the board would be able to stay out of the “buddy system” when it came to their selection of a new superintendent. Martinez was one of several board members in favor of seeking the use of outside consultants to aid in the decision process.

“I want someone progressive, that has a good vision for the future. I don’t see anybody around the area that can handle, that can do as good a job as Mr. H (Herrera),” Martinez said.

Board member Roger Saenz refrained from speaking on specific qualities he was looking for, but did say that the search would be extensive, and that the board as a whole will have high expectations of any candidate and their credentials.

Also on tonight’s agenda, board members will receive a facilities update, including progress on the new William Adams Middle School. A revised contract completion date of March 10, 2009 was given in December, almost four months after the original completion date.

School officials will also spend time reviewing the results from the Texas Primary Reading Inventory for grades Kindergarten through Second for 2007-2008, as well as budget updates.