Four candidates chosen for superintendent post

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Four candidates for superintendent of Clovis Schools will travel to Clovis Thursday and Friday for interviews.

The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education received the list from Mike Moses, chief of the firm chosen to assist the district in their search for a superintendent, during Tuesday’s special meeting held at the district’s main office.

Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm announced in January that she would resign at the end of the school year after five years with the district. Her last day is June 25.

School Executive Consulting Inc. provided the board will four candidates that the board will interview at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

The candidates are Dalhart Independent School District Superintendent David Foote, Pampa Independent School District Superintendent Barry Haenisch, Mount Pleasant Independent School District Superintendent Terry Myers and Wichita Falls Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Tim Powers.

Foote has worked in education in Texas for 36 years. He has experience as a teacher, assistant elementary principal, elementary principal, high school principal and superintendent of schools in three districts.

Haenisch has 39 years in education in Texas. He worked as a teacher, coach, athletic director, junior high counselor, high school principal, and superintendent of schools in three districts.

Myers has 32 years of experience in education in Texas. He worked as a high school coach and teacher, assistant principal, elementary principal and superintendent of schools in four districts.

Powers has worked in education for 33 years in Texas. He worked as a junior high teacher, vice principal, principal, assistant superintendent for administrative services, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and interim superintendent.

President Mark Lansford said he is excited about the process moving forward.

“I think the board has four outstanding candidates from which to choose the next superintendent,” he said.

Lansford said the fact that the four candidates are from Texas is not an issue.

“We want a superintendent that has a high level of experience and skills, so from anywhere is a good fit,” Secretary Max Best said.

Lansford said the board will most likely call one or two candidates back for a second interview and could announce a finalist by mid-July. Lansford said the tentative timeline includes time for contract negotiations and possible district visits.