EPISD hires law firm to take over superintendent search, dropping TASB

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The El Paso Independent School District board voted to hire a Texas law firm to take over the search for a new superintendent, dropping Texas Association of School Boards Executive Search Services.

Trustees voted 6-1 to approve retaining the services of Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. and education consultant Ann Dixon for the search, with only District 3 trustee Josh Acevedo voting no, at a special board meeting Thursday. 

Acevedo listed the superintendent’s contract and equity in schools as top priorities in the hunt for EPISD’s next leader, and expressed concerns about search firms EPISD has worked with in the past.

“I’m more inclined to not support it, but I do ask that it be a search firm that we will be able to say ‘that was actually a good process, the community was included, there was accountability and there was transparency,’ and I think that’s absolutely important in the district that we have,” Acevedo said.

“Hopefully, you prove me wrong.”

Dixon is a former Texas school district superintendent and education consultant. She said she will be the contact person for the applicants during the search.

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