Monday, April 23, 2012

Superintendent search applicant information request

On March 20, 12 in closed session, Trustees received the top eleven candidates selected by PROACT Search.  Only one copy of the applicant information/resumes was provided at this important meeting, and that one copy had to be passed from Trustee to Trustee.

Trustees reduced the list of eleven applicants to five applicants to be interviewed.  Gary R. Soloman, President of PROACT took all information on the eleven applicants with him at the end of the closed session and Trustees were never provided an individual copy.

This appeared to be an effort to control the information and the process. The so-called Superintendent Search Code of Ethics had previously been signed by eight Trustees. This surprise document was intended to muzzle dissent.

Still, it did not seem to matter. It appears information was reported that was quite accurate. This information did not come from the District 6 Trustee. In the closed session Trustee Bernadette Nutall attempted to accuse me of being the source of this leaked information - since I was the only Trustee who had not signed the document agreeing to be muzzled. More than absolutely false, Trustee Bernadette Nutall's accusation was wrongheaded.

Later I requested that we review additional candidates, but that was not done. Only five applicants were ever interviewed. Three of the five were invited for a second interview, and that decision became somewhat political.

Trustees never saw the remaining 78 resumes.

I believe it would have been wise to interview additional candidates presented by PROACT Search and review all resumes received.

I am not aware of a response to the request below since April 11th - unless it was misplaced.  Today is April 23nd - twelve days later.

-- Original Message --------
Subject: Superintendent Search Candidate Resume and Information
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:46:35 -0500
From: Carla Ranger
To: Gary R. Solomon (PROACT Search)
CC: Lew Blackburn, Alan King, Jack Elrod, Deno Harris, Leticia D. McGowan, Delisa Proctor

Good afternoon,

This is to request a copy of all resumes and references of all 89
applicants applying for the position of Dallas ISD Superintendent.

Please identify the eleven applicants selected and presented to Trustees
by PROACT Search. You will recall that you and Board President Lew
Blackburn refused to allow me to see the top eleven applications at the end
of the meeting on the evening of March 20, 2011 - although I made the
request before leaving the room.

Also, please identify all applicants referred by Mayor Mike Rawlings.

Please send the information to me - the Trustee making the request.
I don't know the wishes of other Trustees.

Thank you.