Galveston ISD names lone finalist for new superintendent

July 22, 2010 8:41:25 AM PDT
Galveston ISD has named a lone finalist in its search for a new superintendent. The board of trustees unanimously voted to name Larry Nichols to the position. He's currently the superintendent for Calhoun County ISD, according to a statement issued by Galveston ISD.

"We asked the questions the search committee requested us to ask," said Board of Trustees President Andy Mytelka, who helped narrow over 40 applicants down to one. "Mr. Nichols represented the best balance of leadership, knowledge of curriculum, attendance, and finance. I think when people meet him, they will be thoroughly impressed and he will serve us for many years to come."

Nichols replaces Lynne Cleveland, who left the school district in June after accepting a job with Little Elm ISD. He joined Calhoun County ISD in 2000 as the Superintendent of Schools. The district has been academically recognized in 2008 and 2009. He served in the same capacity at Caldwell Independent School District from 1992-2000 and Thorndale ISD from 1989-1992.

"First of all, I am honored to be selected and partnered with the team assembled at Galveston ISD," said Nichols. "Second, I have a couple of things that are my driving force: customer service and educating one student at a time. I realize I have a lot to learn but I'm looking forward to meeting and getting to know everyone in the community."

Calhoun County ISD is based in Port Lavaca, a coastal area serving 4,381 students. It is a 4A classified school district.

Nichols can't be officially named to the position until after a 21-day waiting period.


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