Superintendent Search Process Begins


Laura Nicolescu

The FISD school board.

Laura Nicolescu, Co-Editor-In-Chief

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees held a workshop Monday to discuss the process of selecting a new superintendent after current Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon announced his retirement March 17. His last day with FISD is June 30.

Trustees called the special Board workshop to assist with planning for the superintendent search. They participated in a Reform Governance® in Action training led by Cathy Mincberg, president and CEO of the Center for Reform of School Systems, which focused on tips and best practices for hiring a new leader.

According to, Mincberg facilitated board member discussion regarding qualities desired in the next superintendent, and opportunities and challenges facing FISD. She provided information regarding the role an executive search consulting firm could play in the selection process, and addressed issues the board should consider when choosing a firm to facilitate the search. These included the scope of a firm’s experience, recruiting strategies, reputation, references and more.

She also addressed missteps school boards can make during the superintendent hiring process, and offered tips to ensure a smooth and successful search.

The FISD school board is committed to staff and citizen involvement in the search for a new leader, and expressed its desire to host community meetings and/or distribute a survey to gather input regarding characteristics desired in the next superintendent.

Trustees are currently receiving proposals from several executive search consulting firms and plan to meet again in special session April 4 to review the proposals and narrow down their choices. Interviews of the top search firms are tentatively scheduled for April 10.