Current Frisco ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon announced his retirement on March 17 after 31 years in public education, four in Frisco schools. His last day with the Frisco school district is June 30. The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees met Monday morning in special session to discuss the process for selecting a new superintendent of schools.
Trustees formally accepted a letter of retirement and resignation from Lyon at the Board meeting on March 20.
Dr. Lyon, who joined FISD in 2013, has been named the first president of Cooper Youth, a division of The Cooper Institute, and will lead a national effort to advance preventive health practices for children.
“I can’t say enough great things about your leadership, your vision and the steps that you have taken to help keep Frisco ISD a destination district,” said school board president Anne McCausland. “We keep striving for the academic success, but more importantly, something that you have highlighted and brought to this Board is the focus on the whole child.”
Dr. Lyon briefly reflected on his tenure as superintendent, noting rapid change and growing pains in the District.
“We’ve got to work together,” Lyon said. “As we move forward as a community and a school district, I sincerely know working with these seven individuals that they only have one interest and that is to protect and grow the greatest school district in this nation, Frisco ISD.
“I just have the greatest, utmost respect for Frisco ISD and will continue to support and cheerlead on this new venture, because this is something worth fighting for, Frisco ISD, it is amazing.”
Frisco ISD Trustees called the special Board workshop Monday to assist with planning for the superintendent search. Trustees participated in a Reform Governance® in Action training led by Cathy Mincberg, president and CEO of the Center for Reform of School Systems (CRSS), which focused on tips and best practices for hiring a new leader.
Mincberg led a School Board member discussion regarding qualities desired in the next superintendent, as well opportunities and challenges facing the District.
She provided information regarding the role an executive search consulting firm could play in the selection process, and addressed issues Board members should consider when choosing a group to facilitate the search. These included the scope of a firm’s experience, recruiting strategies, reputation, references and more.
Mincberg also made suggestions about what questions trustees should ask search firms, as well as superintendent candidates during the interview process.
She also addressed missteps School Boards can make during the superintendent hiring process, and offered tips to ensure a smooth and successful search, “onboarding” process and transition.
The Frisco ISD School Board announced it is committed to staff and citizen involvement in the search for a new leader, and expressed its desire to host community meetings and/or distribute a survey to gather input regarding characteristics desired in the next superintendent.
Trustees are receiving proposals from several executive search consulting firms and plan to meet again in special session on Tuesday, April 4 to review the proposals and narrow down their choices.
Interviews of the top search firms are tentatively scheduled for April 10.