TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – The Texarkana Independent School District has narrowed down the list of candidates for the superintendent’s job to one.
After a search that began back in July that drew 46 candidates from seven states, the school board named Dr. Doug Brubaker as the lone finalist Tuesday.
“He was the first person that we interviewed and then interviewed others, but Dr. Brubaker stood out from the start,” said TISD District 6, Paul Miller.
Brubaker, who was serving as superintendent at Fort Smith Public Schools in Arkansas, is expected to begin work in Texarkana on January 4, 2021.
In addition to more than 24 years of experience working with students, Miller says Brubaker is an innovator.
“Dr. Brubaker brings that forward-thinking, that desire for innovation, and that’s what we are looking for and that’s what he is going to bring us,” said Miller.
Brubaker says the innovative spirit, commitment to student success, and collaborative works are among the factors that attracted him to TISD.
“Its a real honor when you learned about people who have served in that role in the past,” said Brubaker.
As a leader, Brubaker says he’s going to take stock and learn about the culture of the school district, “and then work systematically and dramatically to develop that new vision for the future.”
His first idea is to develop a 90-day entry plan to get an understanding of what the community wants for the school, a plan he says has proven itself in the past.
“When you get folks who represent, every cross, who represent a cross-section of the community, every part of that community an exciting vision forms and there is momentum formed for achieving
goals on behalf of students.”
Brubaker will replacing of Paul Norton, who left for Lake Travis earlier this year.