Midlothian Independent School District

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Updates from the Board President

Update - March 11, 2021

Dear MISD Families:

To keep you informed, our Board of Trustees Superintendent Search process is in full swing! During the week of March 22, our Superintendent Search Firm will host community input sessions to hear your thoughts, reflections and input on what traits you would like in the next MISD Superintendent. Below are the dates, times and locations. 

Monday, March 22
Midlothian High School Auditorium - 6-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 23
L.A. Mills Administration Building - 12-1 p.m.
L.A. Mills Administration Building - 5:30-7 p.m. 

If you are unable to attend, we are also offering an open-ended question survey opportunity for staff, parents and community members. To participate, click here. This survey will remain open through March 24. Your voice matters and we want to hear from you on what traits are important to you in the next Superintendent of Schools.

Before our Board begins reviewing resumes and scheduling interviews with candidates, we will review the input from both the survey and input sessions. This will help us identify the best candidates for our district. Our plan is to hold the first interview in early April.

As the next phase of the Superintendent Search process begins, we encourage you and thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts. We believe that with your voice in this process, together we will find the best candidate to serve our children and MISD community.

Best, 
Matt Sanders
MISD Board of Trustees
President

Update - January 28, 2021

Dear MISD Family:

To keep you updated, our Board of Trustees met last night and interviewed two top-notch superintendent search firms. The two firms interviewed included Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle, P.C. and The Texas Association of School Boards. 

After a thorough vetting and interview process, our Board unanimously selected Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle, P.C. The Board was impressed with this firm’s outline, credentials and their ability to connect with teachers and staff to gather input. This step is critical in helping the Board develop a Superintendent Profile and interview questions. Our Board’s goal is to ensure this process includes as many stakeholder voices as possible.

Our next step is to finalize the contract and develop a comprehensive timeline for the process that does include community and staff input opportunities. Our Board is ready and excited to begin this next phase of recruiting and hiring a fantastic leader for our district.

On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, thank you for all that you do for our students and their families each and every school day. You - our MISD teachers and staff - along with our students, are top of mind as we embark on this search process.

Warm Regards,
Matt Sanders
MISD Board President 

Update - January 22, 2021

Dear MISD Families:

I hope this email finds you and your family well! As you may know, our Board of Trustees started its process for the Superintendent of Schools search. During our monthly Board meeting on Tuesday, our Board selected to interview two superintendent search firms. We will interview these firms on Wednesday, January, 27, with one interview at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. The interviews will be held in our Boardroom located in the Lee Mills Administration Building on 100 Walter Stephenson Rd. The Board interviews are open to the public to watch and will be live streamed off our website at www.misd.gs/live

Through this interview process we are looking for a search firm with top credentials and references, experience in hiring visionary superintendents for districts our size and caliber. We also want to search for a firm who has a strong community engagement and outreach strategy where your voice will be part of the process. 

Our Board is focused on working together to hire a leader who values our culture and community, as well as one who wants to continue to inspire excellence throughout our amazing district.

On behalf of our Board of Trustees, thank you for your patience and prayers during this time. We take our role in serving the children of Midlothian seriously and want to ensure all of our students are successful in school and in life.

Regards, 
Matt Sanders
Board President

Update - December 15, 2020

Dear MISD Family:

To keep you updated, our Board of Trustees met last night and unanimously appointed Dr. Courtney Carpenter as our district’s Interim Superintendent. Dr. Carpenter will begin this role effective Monday, January 4.

Dr. Lane Ledbetter has been named Superintendent of Schools for Carroll ISD. His last day in Midlothian ISD is January 3. We wish him well as he returns home to lead the school district he graduated from, as well as started his teaching career.

Dr. Carpenter currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for Midlothian ISD and has overseen leadership development, district-wide professional development and has headed the creation of MISD’s COVID-19 protocols and school reopening plan.

She brings great experience to the role of Interim Superintendent with a vast knowledge of curriculum and instruction from her many years as a campus principal and serving as a leader in our Department of Learning. Our Board of Trustees has the utmost confidence she will help provide a smooth transition while the Board searches for the next MISD Superintendent.

Dr. Carpenter has over 20 years of experience in education with eight years teaching secondary math, five years serving as an assistant principal, six years as a campus principal and four years at the district level, including her current role as Chief Administrative Officer.

Additionally, our Board approved a Superintendent Search timeline and provided direction to the district to post a Request for Proposals for Search firms. As part of this superintendent search process, here is a link with the latest information. We will keep our community informed throughout our Superintendent Search and will regularly update this website with important Board actions and upcoming community input opportunities.

If you are given an opportunity, please take a moment to congratulate Dr. Carpenter. We look forward to working with her during this time of transition.

Regards,
Matt Sanders
Board Vice President

Update - December 11, 2020

Dear MISD Community:

To keep you updated, during our regularly scheduled Board meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, our Board of Trustees will discuss and take action on the following as it relates to our Superintendent Search process:

  • Name of the MISD Interim Superintendent
  • Action on the Superintendent Search Timeline
  • Action on the Superintendent Search Firm Request for Qualifications 

As with all of our monthly meetings, you may watch the meeting live by clicking here. Closed session will begin at 5:00 p.m. and then the Board will move to open session. 

During our monthly Board meetings, our Board of Trustees discusses and takes action on a variety of topics. Due to the importance of kicking off our Superintendent Search process, our Board has moved additional discussion and action items to the January Board of Trustees meeting. However, the Board will continue to act on Consent Agenda items.

Best, 
Carl Smith 
MISD Board President

Update - December 1, 2020

Dear MISD:

To keep you informed, our Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 2 for our monthly Board workshop. Prior to the workshop, the Board will meet in Closed Session to begin the discussion and planning of an interim Superintendent and next steps for a Superintendent Search. Following the Closed Session, the Board will hear a monthly COVID-19 update. The meeting will be streamed live at www.misd.gs/live due to COVID-19 occupancy restrictions.

As promised, our Board will provide updates throughout the Superintendent Search process. While we are in the infancy stages of discussion and planning, we wanted you to be aware that we will begin these discussions tomorrow. Additionally, our district’s communication department is in the process of developing a webpage solely dedicated to the Search process. We hope you will find this site helpful with the latest answers to your questions throughout the process.

Regards,
Carl Smith
MISD Board President

Update - November 20, 2020

Dear MISD:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to share with you our Superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter was named the Superintendent Lone Finalist for Carroll ISD. His 21-day waiting period must occur before his official start date, which will be on an agreed-upon date between both districts after the new year. As you know, Dr. Ledbetter has been a tremendous leader for Midlothian ISD. He is now able to come full circle and return home where he grew up and lead Carroll ISD. We thank him for his dedication and wish him well. 

Moving forward, after the Thanksgiving break, our Board will begin meeting to discuss appointing an Interim Superintendent and Search process and expectations. Our first workshop will be on December 1. I wanted to share this with you as we know you may have many questions. We will keep you informed of each step of the way to ensure you are aware of the stages of the process. 

Regards,
Carl Smith
Board President