Devine ISD has narrowed their superintendent search this week and are getting closer to hiring a superintendent for the Devine Independent School District. A lone finalist possibly may be announced press night, December 3.
Current Superintendent Scott Sostarich is retiring in January 2020.
The Board of Trustees have been interviewing applicants for several weeks. This past Monday and Tuesday Dec. 2 & 3 three candidates were brought back for a second interview. According to posted agendas the possibility of a superintendent finalist being chosen and named on Tuesday December 3rd is a possibility. If so the final candidate name would be released, yet there would still be a 21 day grace period before one could be hired.
Please check our website at Devinenews.com on Wednesday morning for the news and lone finalist name if one if chosen.
According to Devine ISD Board President Nancy Pepper, “There were a lot of candidates which applied for the position of superintendent. We are pleased with the number of candidates and the quality we are seeing as well, especially for a mid-year hiring”, Pepper said. “The firm we hired to help us with the search for a new superintendent have been very helpful.”
“If a lone finalists is chosen on Tuesday night, we will announce it and then there is a 21 day grace period”
The 21-day waiting period is Texas state law that allows for negotiations and vetting prior to a lone finalist transitioning into his or her role as superintendent. There is no contractual obligation during that time period.
By the time the 21 day period is complete the board would hopefully be able to reach an agreement on a contract. Nothing can be signed until after 21 days.
On October 1, 2019 Devine ISD Superintendent Scott Sostarich announced his retirement and resignation.
In an interview Superintendent Sostarich stated, “I have been truly blessed to serve in such a remarkable school district and community. I look forward to spending more time with family and pursuing some new opportunities. I will be retiring in January.”
By Kathleen Calame