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Page 4B EDUCATION Hays Free Press • May 8, 2013 χ New Superintendent Kyle (512) 268-5282 211 Elmhurst Dr. Suite E Kyle, TX 78640 Continued from pg. 3B "dedicated, visionary, knowl- edgeable, and action-ori- ented leader with extensive experience in supervision, curriculum, instruction, coordination, planning, and support of daily operational and administrative func- tions." He further highlights that he is an analytical thinker, a motivator, an articulate communicator, and someone who enjoys fostering relationships with parents, students, political leaders, business profession- als, and community mem- bers. In an October 2012 article on ultimatefortbend.com, McKie talks about working his way through college. He was one of four siblings and did not have wealthy parents, so he had to take out college loans. The article highlights the achievement of paying them off: "'I still have the $3.62 check that was issued to me for the overpayment of my student loan,' he laughed." McKie serves on the University Interscholastic League (IJIL) Region 13 Music Executive Commit- tee, the Children's Advocacy Center Advisory Council, and the Fort Bend County Women's Center Board. He is also a member of sev- eral professional organiza- tions, including: Phi Delta Kappa International, the Texas Association of School Administrators, the Texas Fast Growth Schools Coali- tion, the Texas Association of Suburban and Mid-Urban Schools, the Texas School A1- The top 10 attributes selected by the community for the superintendent profile were: • Puts students first • Willing to listen to input but able to make a decision • A person of strong moral character and absolute integrity • Humble leader who inspires trust and treats others with respect • Effective communication skills • Is a visible presence in the schools and works with the school leadership • Experience in elemen- tary, middle, and high school environments • Willing to make a long- term commitment to the district • Ability to hire the right people to get the job done • Works effectively with parents liance, and the Rotary Club of Sugar Land. He enjoys spending time with his family, being out- doors, jogging, reading, and woodworking. His wife Ann is an elementary teacher. They have four children - a daughter and son who are both Texas A&M graduates, a son who is currently study- ing at Texas A&M, and a son who is finishing his junior year in high school. THE SEARCH PROCESS The Hays CISD Board launched its search for a new superintendent in January to replace Jeremy Lyon, who left to become the superin- tendent in Frisco ISD. The search process included ten community and professional focus groups and an online survey to develop a profile of the type of superintendent the community wants to lead its school district. More than 900 people participated in developing the profile, which was used to customize the job posting. The job posting closed April 5, 2013, with 111 applicants. In early April, the Board nar- rowed the field of candidates and interviewed seven. Four candidates were invited to a second round of in-person interviews last week. Now that McKie has been named lone finalist, the Board is required by law to wait 21 days before they can offer him a formal contract. That is expected to occur at a special Board meeting later this month. Hays CISD serves 16,500 students at 13 elementary schools, five middle schools, two comprehensive high schools and two special- ized campuses. Hays CISD is the sixth fastest growing Texas school district among districts with enrollments of more than 10,000 students. Enjoy the Sounds of Life Again. School Briefs Continued from.pg. 3B Buda and Fuentes student councils honored Each year the National As- sociation of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) recognizes outstanding elementary and middle school student councils throughout the nation. This year, both Buda and Fuentes elementary schools are among the recipients of the NAESP Student Council Excellence Award. Only 70 of the ap- proximately 4,000 elementary schools in Texas earned this prestigious honor. For more than 25 years, the award has recognized student councils across the nation for making a difference in their schools and communities by organizing activities such as: community food and clothing banks, Adopt-a-Grandparent programs, school beautifica- tion projects, tutoring pro- grams, letter-writing cam- paigns to soldiers overseas, and fundraising events for disaster victims. To be considered for the award, each elementary school had to submit detailed infor- mation for at least two high- lights projects. Ear, Nose Throat Clinic PEDIATRIC AND ADULT CARE Children's ENT • Ear Tube Placement • Tonsil & Adenoid Surgery • Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery • Allergy Testing • Sublingual Therapy Ear & Hearing • Chronic Ear Infections • Ruptured Ear Drum • Hearing and Balance Evaluation • Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears) • Dizziness & Vertigo Allergy • Testing for Pollen, Mold, Dust & Pet Allergens • Allergy Shots Nose & Sinus • CT Sinus Scans • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery • In-office Balloon Sinuplasty Throat, Head & Neck • Sleep Apnea • Tonsil/Adenoid Surgery • Hoarseness Head & Neck Cancer • Lymph Node Evaluation & Surgery • Mouth and Throat Cancer Screening & Surgery • Salivary Gland Treatment & Surgery Thyroid and Parathyroid • Ultrasound and Needle Biopsy • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Thomas Nowlin, MD I I I \%;+%"\I 1.9 "\ ; I I I I I