SAN BENITO — An awful lot of people want to be San Benito’s school superintendent.
But do they have what it takes?
“In total we’ve received about 47 applicants off the top of my head,” said James Guerra, president and CEO of JG Consulting.
“Not all 47 meet the minimum qualifications, so not all 47 will proceed to the next stage of the interview process.”
The JG Consulting Firm website says minimum qualifications include experience working in “complex systems with diverse needs” and being a progressive leader willing to implement new ideas and serve as a change agent to the community.
The firm has been hired by the San Benito school district to recruit applicants for the top position after Superintendent Adrian Vega resigned and left the district last month to pursue a new job opportunity.
The next superintendent also must “be a proven leader of academic growth for all students in diverse communities.”
Another requirement is that the candidate must “be a team builder that is committed to work in partnership with the Board of Trustees, students, staff, parents and community to build a climate of transparency, mutual trust and cooperation.”
McShan Consulting Firm was initially hired for the search.
But consulting firm owner George McShan said he canceled services in May after the San Benito school board declined to interview any of the prospective candidates.
McShan is the current president of the Harlingen school board and said he values professionalism and ethics in his dealings.
He speculated that some degree of mistrust might have played a role in the situation, but could not say for sure.
The application process for the San Benito superintendent position has ended.
“If they meet the minimum qualifications of the job description in the application, the candidates will be invited to complete an online interview,” Guerra said.
The JG Consulting Firm’s website states all applications will be treated confidentially and only the lone finalist will be revealed.
Applicants are not to contact any members of the board. The final selection and appointment is the sole responsibility of the Board of Trustees.
Interviews will begin July 21 and the lone finalist will be named July 31.
The San Benito school board will take a vote on the finalist Aug. 21 and the new superintendent will begin working Aug. 22.