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Board names lone finalist in search for superintendent


SHEPHERD – A lone finalist has been named in the search for a superintendent at Shepherd Independent School District. Board members named Steve Pierce, a former business manager in the district, as the lone finalist last week. Pierce has been employed as the coordinator for school improvement at the Education Service Center, Region 6 since July 2012 when he left the school district as business manager where he had been employed for three years. Prior to his previous employment at SISD, Pierce was employed as principal at Gibbs Elementary in the Huntsville ISD from June 2003 until June 2006. He has also been employed as a teacher and coach at Lovelady and Groveton ISDs. This will be his first job as superintendent. He received his Bachelor of Education in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in 1986 from Sam Houston State University and his Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2001. While employed with Region 6 Service Center, Pierce provided assistance to school districts in the region on school improvement, Eduphorial Premium Suite, TEKS Resource System for Administrators, CTEP Grands, District Snapshot; ACE/21st Century Audits; Budgeting for School Administrators, Safety for School Administrators, Mentoring for First Year Administrators, State and Federal Accountability – STAAR and System Safeguards, Date Disaggregation, School Effectiveness Audits and Instructional Scans, and other assistance. According to Shepherd ISD Superintendent Jody Cronin, the board received 34 applications for the position, narrowing those down to six and the six were narrowed down to two last week before announcing the lone finalist. "He is a fine man. He will do a good job and Shepherd should be blessed to get him," Cronin said. "I'm excited cited for him to get here." Cronin will be retiring from the district after 23 years, eight of which were spent as the school district's superintendent. He plans to retire Aug. 31, but says he doesn't know what he will be doing. "I'm just going to take it easy for a while," he said.


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