MFISD picks superintendent finalist
The Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees plans to announce the lone finalist for the vacant superintendent position during a special meeting on Monday, March 6.
“The board feels like we’re in a pretty good spot,” board President Kevin Naumann told DailyTrib.com. “It’s a pretty exciting opportunity.”
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the MFISD Central Office Community Room, 1800 Colt Circle. Trustees will meet in executive session before reconvening in public session to announce the district’s pick. As per state law, MFISD must wait 21 days before the hire becomes official.
“That’s when we’ll do our final background checks and stuff like that,” Naumann said. “After that 21 days, we’ll sign a contract.”
Trustees filtered through 24 applications to find the top candidate for the job. Applicants had a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.
“The applications that came in were all over the place,” Naumann said. “We had some that were out-of-state, and we also had one internal candidate. They were from big districts and small districts. It was a good subset of just a little bit of everything.”
One candidate was interviewed during a Feb. 27 special meeting held behind closed doors in executive session. A possible second and third special meeting were not posted because, Naumann said, “We decided we found the person that’s the right fit. We’re ready to move forward with it.”
The search process demonstrated how enticing the district has become for potential staff, Naumann said.
“Something that stood out to me is people really want to be in Marble Falls,” he said. “I think they were attracted to our vision and wanted to serve kids here.”
Naumann is confident trustees have selected the right person for the job.
“Ultimately, we sorted through and tried to find the best person to fit the culture of Marble Falls and where we think we’re headed as a district,” he said. “I think we found someone who can take us to the next level.”
The process to find a new superintendent began after the announced departure of former Superintendent Dr. Chris Allen to Midway Independent School District on Jan. 3. Allen’s last day with MFISD was Jan. 25. Trustees named Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jeff Gasaway interim superintendent on Jan. 17. Gasaway is one of the 24 candidates up for consideration for the position.