ECISD Names Lone Finalist In Superintendent Search 12/2/13
CBS 7 News
December 2, 2013
ODESSA-The Ector County Independent School District is finally on track to fill its most important position after months of searching, including the abrupt departure of Former Interim Superintendent H.T. Sanchez.
Applause rang out after the unanimous vote to name 38-year education veteran Thomas Crowe as the sole finalist for ECISD’s vacant superintendent spot. Board members say Crowe's experience set him apart.
"The other candidates are really going to be great superintendents for big school districts eventually, but most of the candidates that came through were from districts of five or six thousand,” said ECISD Board of Trustees Member Nelson Minyard. “To throw them into a district of 31,000 students would be unfair to them. We felt like his experience would be head and shoulders above anyone else."
Crowe worked in similarly sized schools in Katy and McKinney, Texas. In McKinney, Crowe served as superintendent. While filling in as interim superintendent here at ECISD, he said he was inspired to come out of retirement.
"My wife has told me several times that I had more spark in my eyes than I had in the last three years. She said ‘You're loving what you're doing’, so I'm excited that we have some real opportunities, some real challenges, but things we can address,” said Lone Superintendent Finalist and Current Interim Superintendent Thomas Crowe.
The process of choosing Crowe included a months-long search and tonight's vote to name him a finalist. Now ECISD has 21 days to post his name before finalizing his contract.
Crowe says increasing parental involvement will be one of his first focus areas.
"I feel like if we can get them focused again, great things can happen in the district,” Crowe said.
Contract length will be decided with the contract as well as salary. The former superintendent Mendez was paid $214,000 per year at the time of his departure. As interim, Crowe is already making more at $227,000 per year plus a $1,500 monthly housing stipend.