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Longview ISD board of trustees name lone superintendent finalist

Longview News Journal

POSTED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 9:31pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 3:00pm

Longview ISD trustees unanimously tapped an assistant superintendent with the district to become the school’s chief officer Wednesday.

Horace Williams, who has been with the district since October, was named the lone finalist for the post that will be vacated with the departure of James Wilcox.

“As we discussed in our previous community meetings we looked at the experience in several different areas from curriculum, diversity, and the way of dealing with students of like nature as ours, and somebody who would be a good fit when looking at what would be in the best interest for the students of Longview,” said board President Ted Beard of the assistant superintendent of educational services.

The decision came after about 2½ hours in executive session.

Trustee Chris Mack made the motion and John Preston seconded it.

The district has been searching for a superintendent since James Wilcox announced in November that he would leave the district by January 2015. The district must now wait 21 days before officially promoting Williams.

Wilcox was not in attendance during the public session of Wednesday’s meeting.

Ten Longview residents and faculty waited through the meeting.

Williams was a Leverett’s Chapel native who was superintendent of Cedar Hill ISD before coming to Longview ISD. His annual salary as assistant superintendent was $120,000, district spokesman Adam Holland said at the time of his hire.

Read the full story on the Longview News-Journal's website.

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