PSJA school district seeks input for superintendent search

The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District is looking for community input during the selection process of a new superintendent.

Superintendent Daniel King will retire from the district on Sept. 30 after 12 years of leading PSJA schools. Via a survey, the school board is looking for input from administration, employees and the community to help create a “profile of leadership qualities” for a successor, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

“We invite PSJA students, teachers, administrators, staff, and community members in the PSJA area to answer the stakeholder survey,” school board president Jesse Zambrano said in a news release. “The survey is designed to learn more about the expectations and qualities that stakeholders are looking for in the next Superintendent at PSJA ISD. The Board of Trustees will use the information collected from the surveys to help create the profile for the next Superintendent.”

Zambrano also described the survey as “yet another way to continue to keep the community involved” with regard to the search process.

“We welcome all community members and interested parties to respond to the survey,” he added.

The district’s current legal services provider, O’Hanlon, Demerath and Castillo along with Waterford School Services are authorized to assist in the superintendent search. The district is also paying $13,500 to Waterford School Services to assist in the search, according to spokesperson Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez.

Waterford School Services has provided its services to other school districts for superintendent searches.

King said in a previous interview in June that he hopes his successor will take time to listen to others in what makes the district successful and what should be improved.

Stakeholders who want to participate in the process can take the survey at www.psjaisd.us/superintendent, which will be active until July 31.