June 21, 2016

The Texas public school system, with 1228 public school districts who serve over 5 million students,  continues to experience a shift away from community input and respect for parental involvement.  Due in large part to the agendas of lobbies, such as TASA and TASB, administrators and school board members are trained to control the narrative by stifling the voices of anyone outside their gang of eight… the school board members and the superintendent.

Katy ISD recently announced their “lone finalist” for the Superintendent position, vacated by the retirement of Alton Frailey.  Dr. Lawrence Hindt is the board’s candidate of choice.  Texas law (Texas Government Code, Section 552.126) provides for a 21 day waiting period after the selection of the board has been made. It is another one of those pieces of “feel good” legislation that lend the appearance that the community has opportunity to vet the person that would take the helm of operations where their kids go to school.  In effect, it just gives the Superintendent the time to make his transition while everyone dots i’s and crosses t’s.

Despite Katy ISD enrollment exceeding 70,000 students, parents have no say.  Despite 56% of annual revenue being derived from property taxes, taxpayers have no say.  Well, they do have some say, but most elect not to utilize their voices through the power of their vote, but that is a story for another day. (Less than 3,000 people voted in the most recent board election.) The blunt truth is parents and taxpayers have no input or say in who is chosen for Superintendent.

With that said, attempts have been made through the Katy ISD Board of Trustees to have a townhall style meeting with the “candidate” (aka new hire.)  Following is the correspondence with board president, Rebecca Fox.

There will be no further communications with Ms. Fox regarding this matter and instead attempts have now been made to contact Dr. Hindt directly.  Updates to follow.

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From: Fox, Rebecca [mailto:rebeccafox@KATYISD.ORG]

Sent: Monday, June 20, 2016 11:04 PM

To: Belcher, Kim

Subject: Re: Mr. Hindt

Ms. Belcher,

Your eagerness to speak with, and learn more about Dr. Lance Hindt, the lone finalist for the Katy ISD superintendent position is truly appreciated. We really look forward to him taking the helm on August 1 and engaging our students, parents and community in thoughtful discussion on the future of Katy ISD.  When the Board first began its search for a superintendent, it was the community’s values that guided the process and I truly believe that we have identified the individual who demonstrates the skills, knowledge, and experience our parents desire and our community expects.  Dr. Hindt has proven to be a remarkable educator and leader.

While we wish there were more opportunities for people to personally meet with Dr. Hindt prior to his start date, we must honor his current contractual agreement with Allen ISD.  He needs to be allowed to satisfy his responsibilities with that district before he engages in the work of Katy ISD.  However, I am very happy to fulfill my original offer to you and facilitate a meeting with him after he arrives and is officially an employee of our district.

Thanks for reaching out,

Rebecca Fox, President

Katy ISD Board of Trustees 6301 S. Stadium Lane Katy, Texas. 77492

 


On Jun 20, 2016, at 10:38 AM, Belcher, Kim wrote:

Thank you for sending that.

We appreciate your offer to arrange a meeting after he is hired and would like to accept that invitation.  Pertaining to the original request, we would still like the opportunity to discuss with him some current issues on the horizon in Texas education before the 21 day period expires.

We would consider meeting him in or near Allen if that would ease the burden on him. There is also always the alternative  of using Skype or some other gotomeeting type technology that would give us the ability to talk with him.

I would appreciate having a response from Mr. Hindt regarding these proposed meeting options. If you don’t mind, please forward his response to me.

Thank you.

Kim Belcher


From: Fox, Rebecca [mailto:rebeccafox@KATYISD.ORG]

Sent: Monday, June 20, 2016 10:20 AM

To: Belcher, Kim

Subject: Re: Mr. Hindt

Mrs. Belcher,

Naming a lone finalist is a requirement as per Texas Government Code, Section 552.126.  School districts must disclose the name of its finalist for superintendent at least 21 days before the board actually hires the superintendent.

Our lone finalist is Dr. Lance Hindt.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Regards,

Rebecca Fox, President

Katy ISD Board of Trustees 6301 S. Stadium Lane Katy, Texas. 77492


On Jun 20, 2016, at 8:48 AM, Belcher, Kim wrote:

Mrs. Fox,

I apologize for the delayed response. I have been out of town.

Can you direct me to the 21 day waiting period rule?  I am trying to better understand what it entails.

I did not find it in the TEC, so I am assuming it is an administrative rule or SBOE/SBEC rule.

Your assistance is most appreciated.

 Kim


From: Fox, Rebecca <rebeccafox@KATYISD.ORG>

To: Kim Belcher

Sent: Tue, Jun 14, 2016 02:31 PM

Subject: Re: Mr. Hindt

Mrs. Belcher,

Thank you for your note.  Dr. Hindt would be happy to meet with you and other community members and I will help facilitate that meeting.  He is currently employed by Allen ISD and has a busy schedule because they are preparing their budget and other important items for action over the next two months.  Once Dr. Hindt arrives in Katy, he has expressed a strong interest in getting to know our community.  I believe he would prefer to have conversations with you in person, however, if there are any pressing questions you would like me to submit to him before he can meet with you, please let me know.

 Regards,

Rebecca Fox

Katy ISD Trustee, President


On Jun 10, 2016, at 6:03 PM, Kim Belcher wrote:

Mrs. Fox,

The administrators of the Katy ISD News page, which presently has over 2,000 members, would like to extend the invitation to Mr. Hindt to meet with us in an open forum, “townhall” type meeting.  We would like the opportunity for the members of our community to get to know Mr. Hindt and have the opportunity to ask questions and better understand his views on the current state of education.

 We look forward to hearing from you.

Kim Belcher


Rationale: http://arrowsearchinc.com/rationale-for-21-day-waiting-period-before-hiring-a-finalist/

Law: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/GV/htm/GV.552.htm

The “Team of 8” concept that we have often encountered and tried to over come in Katy is in play at Allen ISD.

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