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2010-01-21 / Front Page

LISD Begins Search for New Superintendent

Lexington Independent School District’s Superintendent Dr. Chuck Holt announced in early December that he will retire from public education effective June 2010. That announcement has set some early priorities for the School Board this year, one of the first being to find a replacement for Dr. Holt, who has been a remarkable asset and strong leader for the District since his arrival in 2005.

During this past Monday night’s School Board Meeting, Trustees heard from representatives with Arrow Educational Services, a company committed to helping find a replacement for Dr. Holt.

During their presentation, Arrow presented a timeline for accepting applications, interviewing, and employing a Superintendent. Two dates have been set as of Monday’s meeting. The first is the application deadline, which is February 26, 2010; and the second deadline is Monday, March 1, which is when the Board of Trustees will have their first review of applicants.

Dr. Holt, who will be working with the board to help find the qualified candidate for Lexington, said, “We expect to start our first round of interviews in early March. We’re actually hoping to have a list of six or eight semifinalists selected by mid-March so we can start a second round of interviews. Hopefully, we’ll have a lone finalist as early as middle to late March.”

The Board is planning a transitional month during which Dr. Holt and the new Superintendent will work together, making the integration of the new leader smoother and better for the District.

Holt has accepted a position as a University Professor at Texas A&M - Commerce teaching in their Masters and Doctoral Program beginning in the fall of this year.

In other Board news, during the public comment session of Monday’s meeting, Alonzo Wood spoke to the Board about the need for knee braces for football players. Individuals and businesses will be contacted to donate funds to purchase the braces.

In honor of Board Appreciation Month, fourth grade students presented a skit showing the different hats that board members wear. Gifts of appreciation were presented to Board Members by the campuses and the district. Dr. Holt read a proclamation from Governor Perry.

Middle School students who placed in District UIL competition, were introduced. The first, second and third place American History Essay Contest winners were also introduced.

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