Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Lancaster ISD selects lone finalist for superintendent position
Pamela Morris is currently employed as the Superintendent for the Sealy ISD.
The Lancaster ISD Board of Trustees announced Monday night that Pamela Morris is the "Lone Finalist" to become the new superintendent of Lancaster schools. (Morris is no relation to board president Carolyn Morris or Lancaster city councilwoman Nina Morris.) The vote was split 4-3, with Ellen Clark, Joe Kana, Irene Mejia, and Marjorie King supporting the choice; President Carolyn Morris, Cynthia Corbin-Jarvis, and Marion Hamilton voting in opposition.
Pamela Morris is currently employed as the superintendent for the Sealy ISD. That district is in an Austin County community of 5,300, west of Houston, and serves 2,600 students. Her present salary there is listed by the TEA at $105,000. Morris has been superintendent of Sealy ISD since April of 2007. She joined that district as principal of Sealy High School in March of 2006 and was promoted a year later.
Morris began her career in education with a certification in secondary social studies, in 1996, after graduating from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor of arts degree. She earned a master of education in educational leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2001. She moved to administration in 2003, obtaining certification as a principal that year. She served as principal for the Ingram ISD, Tom More High School, between 2003 and 2006. Morris entered the superintendent certification program at Texas Tech University in 2005, and completed her certification after moving to Sealy in December of 2006. She accepted the superintendent’s slot in April the following year. She is at present actively pursuing her doctorate degree in education.
The "lone finalist" period will last 21 days. During this time the Arrow services group will conduct background checks. Trustees may visit the Sealy ISD to interview references and the board there. And some negotiations regarding schedules and salaries may be conducted.
Morris's start date in Lancaster will be announced later.
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