By Jacqueline Brown
Killeen Daily Herald
LAMPASAS Dr. Brant Myers signed a $105,000 contract Thursday to become Lampasas Independent School Districts next superintendent of schools.
Myers, the current superintendent of Sonora Independent School District, is expected to start in Lampasas around the end of October.
Hell be a great asset to our district and a pleasure for everyone to work with, said Interim Superintendent Rex Daniels. He and his wife have three kids, so hell be very much a part of the community.
Daniels has served as interim since former superintendent Carlton Tucker was placed on paid administrative leave May 9.
With several members of the community outraged at Tuckers dismissal and a school board leery of getting locked into another lengthy contract, educational consultants Horn, Smith, Wood & Associates came on board to facilitate the search for the next superintendent.
The firm chose six finalists from more than 35 applicants to present to the board for final interviews.
Trustee Bill Haisler said the board quickly narrowed the field down to two applicants, but had difficulty selecting a finalist.
Like any decision where you have seven people involved, we each had our personal preference, he explained.
The board also had trouble settling on a length of term for the applicants.
Although the search firm recommended a minimum three-year term, trustee Ron Farr refused to get locked in on what he called a one-sided contract.
I was elected to look out for the best interest of the district, not the best interest of the superintendent, Farr said in a June school board meeting.
However, realizing it was impossible to find a qualified applicant who would settle for a one-year term, the board agreed to a three-year and eight-month contract.
Last night the president of the board and the new superintendent signed off on a new contract, so apparently everyones satisfied, Haisler said.
He said Myers has a good education, a great personality and is a proven performer.
He knows what the job is all about, he added.
Myers has 22 years of experience in education with a doctorate in education administration from Texas A&M-Commerce.
Although he enjoyed his six years with Sonora ISD, Myers said the potential move to Lampasas is a great career advancement opportunity.
I look forward to the challenge of a superintendency of a school that size, Myers said.
Initially, he just wants to get his feet wet and find out what the needs are, but his ultimate goal is to create a situation where every student has a chance for success.
I just did a jig when we signed the contract last night, Haisler said.
With Myers in place, the board is ready to tackle its next goals improving test scores, hiring qualified educators and upgrading the districts facilities, Haisler said.
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