Superintendent candidates say they see Clovis as opportunity

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

They each have more than 30 years experience in education, and all four of the finalists for superintendent see Clovis as an opportunity.

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.

One will succeed Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, who announced in January she would resign at the end of the school year after five years with the district.

Foote said Wednesday he is a friend of the school district’s hired headhunter Mike Moses, chief of School Executive Consulting Inc., and was interested in the job when Moses contacted him about it.

“Clovis is a nice-sized district and is growing,” Foote said. “I’ve been in west Texas all my life. We’ve kept up with Clovis somewhat.”

Haenisch said he came to Clovis before when the Pampa football team played Clovis.

“The job would be a little bit of a challenge. It’s a good opportunity the more I inquire and learn about the position,” he said.

Myers said he enjoys Clovis.

“I traveled all over New Mexico while I worked in west Texas, and Clovis is one of those schools that was greatly admired in west Texas and New Mexico. In New Mexico, everyone compares themselves to Clovis,” he said. “I have been very successful in the past and think I can be in Clovis.”

Powers said Clovis is a great opportunity for him.

“Clovis is a wonderfully diverse community and I think it would be a good marriage,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to bring improvement to the district and showcase what Clovis has to offer.”

All four have spent most or all of their professional careers in Texas. None of the candidates consider that a challenge.

“Kids are kids wherever you go,” Powers said.

The board plans to interview the candidates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the district’s board room.