Randy Hancock is not surprised a whopping 56 candidates have submitted applications for the Royse City Independent School District superintendent position he will vacate in June.

“No, not at all. This is a great job. I knew there would be a lot of interest,” Hancock said Friday, the deadline for resumes.

And there should be quality with the quantity.

Hancock said all the candidates are “sitting superintendents” — they are currently serving as a superintendent or have experience as a superintendent.

School board members were scheduled to begin looking at the applications Monday night during an executive session held after their regular monthly meeting. Then, during an executive session tonight (Wednesday), school board members are expected to select the candidates they want to interview for the position.

A timeline lists Monday through Feb. 24 for initial interviews and Feb. 27 through March 2 for follow-up interviews. The schedule calls for the board to name a lone finalist on March 5 and then vote to hire the new superintendent on March 27.

The school district is searching for candidates who have a master’s degree, superintendent certification, superintendent experience, strong organizational skills, strong people skills and effective leadership skills.

On Nov. 14, Hancock informed the school board of his retirement plans. Hancock, 55, has been Royse City ISD superintendent since 2007.

School board members voted unanimously on Dec. 12 to accept Hancock’s resignation/retirement, effective June 30.

Hancock has helped during the selection process. Hancock said he has talked to “about all” the candidates and gathered additional information that has been presented to the school board.

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