Dr. Marty Crawford named lone finalist for Tyler ISD superintendent

Published on Thursday, 24 July 2014 19:21 - Written by Emily Guevara eguevara@tylerpaper.com

Tyler ISD has named Dr. Marty Crawford as the lone finalist for its superintendent position.  He is currently the superintendent of West ISD, a position he has held for six years. 

The decision was announced tonight during the board meeting.

The board must wait at least 21 days before they officially hire the person per Texas Government Code.

If ultimately hired, the lone finalist will replace Gary Mooring as superintendent.

Mooring, 64, had served as the TISD superintendent for two schools years, but resigned his position effective last month amid health concerns related to Type 2 diabetes.

Some of the key issues at the forefront of the district include raising academic performance among its students, implementing a strategic plan approved by the board in March, and completing construction on six bond-related projects including a Career and Technology Education Center.

Board President the Rev. Orenthia Mason previously said trustees were pleased with the interview process and the candidates, but that the lone finalist was the clear choice.

“We all feel strongly that this is the person,” the Rev. Mason previously said. “Otherwise, we wouldn’t be presenting them.”

In all, 37 people applied for the position. The board interviewed six candidates, all of whom had previous superintendent experience, something that was a prerequisite for the board.

TISD spokeswoman Dawn Parnell said two candidates were called back for second interviews. The Rev. Mason said the lone finalist was the board’s unanimous choice.