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Cleveland ISD hopes to select new superintendent by April 3

February 4, 2019

Cleveland ISD could have a new voice to lead the rapidly growing school district in April.

The school board is currently in the process of searching for a new superintendent after Darrell Myers announced his retirement in January.

However, Cleveland ISD wants the community involved in the process and called a CISD employee meeting and a community meeting that is scheduled for Feb. 5.

Community members will have the opportunity to speak out about the needs of the growing district and what difficult decisions need to be made to address the over crowded schools.

The deadline to apply is at midnight on Feb. 27 for all applicants. The school board will then review the list of applicants on March 4.

Interviews will be taken place from March 19-21. Followup interviews will take place from March 26-28.

The school board will then vote to name a finalist on April 3 and vote to hire on April 25.

Myers said he expects the school board to receive up to 50-60 candidates for the superintendent position due to the attraction of leading a district growing at a rapid pace.

As of Jan. 23 the district is 12 students away from gaining 1,000 new students for the 2018-2019 school year, according to the school district’s website.

Southside Elementary has 1,467 students, Northside Elementary has 757 students and Eastside Elementary has 1,206 student. Cleveland Middle School has an enrollment of 1,510 students while Cleveland High School has 1,664 students. The Douglas Learning Academy has a total of 30 students and the Disciplinary Alternative Education program has 51 students.

At the monthly school board meeting in January the board announced that there would be a bond election on May 4.

The school bond could range from $225-250 millions dollars. The district is in need of a new middle school according to Myers. If the bond is approved the district could need a new elementary school and high school depending on the enrollment during the summer.

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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