Cumby School Board names Shaun Barnett as new superintendent finalist

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Education Reporter

Feb. 4, 2008 - Cumby Independent School District could have a new superintendent as early as Feb. 22, pending official approval of lone finalist Shaun Barnett by the board that day.

The school board, with recommendation by Interim Superintendent Gerald Gilbert, selected Barnett as the loan finalist following a special board meeting Thursday at the school. Officials waited until Monday to release the information.

"He would assume the position following a meeting on about Feb. 22. In order to make official the hiring of a superintendent, there is a 21 day waiting period," Gilbert said Monday morning. "My last day is Feb. 29th, so I'll have one week to work with him. I think it's [the transition's] going to be fine."

Gilbert said he "did a lot of the checking" of Barnett, including his references and indicated Barnett comes well recommended, with a good record. "We wouldn't ask one here that didn't," he said.

Barnett currently serves as high school principal for Paradise Independent School District in Wise County, a position he had held for more than five years. Prior to that, he was employed at Mexia for four years, according to Gilbert.

The CISD superintendent-elect grew up in West Texas, and began his career in education in 1991 as a teacher. Barnett earned his bachelor of science from Angelo State University, a master's of science from Sul Ross University, and superintendent's certification from Stephen F. Austin University.

Barnett's wife Keri is a counselor at Paradise High School, and will remain at PISD through the end of the school year, then will move with their two boys to the area to begin seeking employment.

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