Dr. Kay Handlin Named Finalist
For New Como-Pickton CISD Superintendent,
by: Bobby McDonald
At a 6:00 p.m. special board meeting, the trustees of the Como-Pickton CISD named Dr. Denna Kay Handlin the finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools for the district. In the announcement, the board revealed that Handlin is currently Assistant Superintendent of Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD. The district is required by law to wait 21 days following the announcement, before making the selection official.
The Board has followed a lengthy process in determining the finalist. In January, the Board hired Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services to direct the search. TASB consultants met with staff and community groups on January 26th to discuss the desired characteristics of the new superintendent. The profile development from these meetings was the measure use by the board and consultants in evaluating the 47 applicants that applied for the position.
"When we began the search we had two main objectives," expressed C-P CISD Board President, Shawn Carpenter. "We sought a candidate that best fulfilled the needs of our community, based on the input from the teachers, students, and community, and we sought a person that would unanimously receive the votes of all board members. We are delighted to announce that Dr. Denna Kay Handlin met those qualifications and we're looking forward to working with her!"
Members of the Como-Pickton CISD met on Thursday night, following a lengthy process, and named
Dr. Handlin as the finalist for the position of Superintendent.
The board selected eight applicants for initial interviews and then three applicants were invited back for a second interview. With the second round of interviews completed, a committee of the Board visited Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD, and reported back to the Board. The Board is scheduled to offer a contract to Dr. Handlin, May 14th, 2012.
"What extremely impressed us about Dr. Handlin was the many, many reports that we received in her district, that she was a 'servant leader' to those who were under her supervision," expressed one of the committee members. "Repeatedly we heard that she was the force in the district that wasn't 'out front' leading, but following behind assisting those who needed help!"
"Handlin also impressed us with her motto of always asking, 'What's in it for the kids.....'," expressed another Board Member.
Dr. Handlin is serving the 1350 students in the Daingerfield-Lone Star District, currently as Asst. Superintendent, since 2008.
Handlin has nineteen years experience in education and has served in administration in Malakoff, Marshall, and the Hallsville Districts, before accepting the current position with Daingerfield-Lone Star.
Handlin and her husband plan to move to the Como-Pickton CISD District, to make their home.
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