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Longview ISD superintendent no longer interim; district not actively searching for full-time chief

Longview ISD superintendent no longer interim; district not actively searching for full-time chief
The Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 11:25am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 9:28am

Longview ISD has dropped “interim” from Superintendent James Wilcox’s title, and district officials say there is no active search for a full-time chief.

Wilcox was re-hired in 2012 by the district as an interim, part-time superintendent, with officials at the time saying he would aid in the search for a permanent replacement.

District spokesman Adam Holland confirmed this past week there is not an active superintendent search, while school board President Ted Beard said Wilcox is continuing to observe and review any possible candidates.

There is no timeline for hiring a full-time superintendent, Beard said.

After 16 months without a full-time leader, some district employees are beginning to question the situation.

Minutes from an April 2 superintendent’s communication council meeting showed at least one employee anonymously asked, “When is LISD going to hire a full-time superintendent? We need someone full-time!” The communication council allows employees to ask questions, and the district selects a handful of questions each month to answer.

The response to that particular question was, “The district currently has a superintendent. At this time there is not an active search underway and no timeline.”

Though officials have never — since rehiring Wilcox — acknowledged any timeline for hiring a permanent superintendent for the 5A school district, they seem to have changed their tune from a year ago when they sent news releases that referred to Wilcox as an interim superintendent, including one sent Jan. 25, 2012, titled “Longview ISD board to target Wilcox as interim superintendent.”

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