Trustees to choose interim school chief
The Port Aransas Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet today - Thursday, Aug. 21 - to talk about whether to hire Harold "Skipper" Lister or Wayne Johnson as interim superintendent of the district.
"We've narrowed it down to two who are very good candidates," said Rick Adams, president of the board of trustees.
Lister retired in 2004 after serving in various roles at PAISD over 26 years, including principal of each of the district's three campuses. He also served twice as interim superintendent of the district during the 1990s. He lives in Yorktown but has a second home in Port Aransas.
Johnson was employed for 18 years within the Aransas County Independent School District, which includes Rockport and Fulton. He held positions including middle school and high school assistant principal; high school principal and assistant superintendent. He served as superintendent for seven years until retiring in June this year. He lives in Port Aransas.
The board of trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the administration office on Station Street to consider who to hire to act in place of Billy Wiggins, who on July 25 was named the lone finalist for the position of superintendent of the Salado Independent School District, about 40 miles north of Austin.
Lister and Johnson will appear before trustees for interviews during the meeting, Adams said. The interviews could be done in open or closed session or both, he said.
Adams said he expects most of the interviews to be done in open session but that it depends on what most of the other trustees want.
The agenda for the meeting states that the board "may convene a closed session to discuss the employment of personnel," according to Government Code 551.074.
Trustees might make a decision at today's meeting on which candidate to hire, Adams said.
The goal is to have a new permanent superintendent in office in about three months, Adams said.
Trustees on Thursday, Aug. 14, hired Texas School Solutions to conduct a search for a permanent superintendent.
The firm's owner, Carol Moffett, has indicated that PAISD can expect more than 100 candidates to apply, Adams said.