ENNIS – The Ennis school district board of trustees unanimously named Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Administration James Sanders to be the district’s interim superintendent during the board’s scheduled meeting Tuesday evening.

Sanders will immediately assume the top position while trustees begin their search for a permanent superintendent.     

Sanders came to the district in August 2013 filling the vacancy left by Dr. Richard Skuza. Previously Sanders served for 14 years as the Madisonville Consolidated ISD assistant superintendent of student and business services where he managed the human resources department and the MCISD finances.

“I hoped I was in the running for the interim position. I want to maintain the direction of the school district and continue the day-to-day operations without interruption,” Sanders said.

As the trustees begin the search for a permanent replacement for Dr. Barbara Qualls who resigned July 30, Sanders expressed his hope to be in the running to become the permanent district superintendent.

Sanders holds a bachelor’s of science degree from Tennessee Temple University and a master’s of science degree from Texas A&M at Commerce. He is pursuing a doctorate in education from Texas A&M University.

The trustees delayed naming a search firm to assist in finding a permanent replacement for the superintendent’s job.

“We sent out six letters and received four responses back,” Board President Bramlet Beard said.

Trustees expressed wishes to see what choices were available before settling on the final firm.

A called meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, to allow called representatives from any interested search firms to address the board.     

Assistant Superintendent of Finance Lisa Fincher told the trustees the proposed district tax rate for the 2013-2014 school year would be $1.54 per $100 of value.

“This is no change from last year,” Fincher said.

There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 27, to hear public comments and discuss the tax rate.

No action was taken on an item to approve the sale of real estate properties acquired at a delinquent tax foreclosures sale. Two properties were acquired, one on Jones Street and the other on East Decatur Street.

The bid price for the Jones Street location was $150 and the East Decatur bid was $850.  Trustees delayed any action until further consideration can be made.

In addition to the school district, the city of Ennis and Ellis County must also approve the sale.

Kathy Cikanek gave an overview of the recent results of the state ranking for the district.

“Under the new system, there are only two rankings; improvement required or met standard. I’m very pleased to announce that not only our district but all of our schools received the highest ranking of met standard,” Cikanek said.

In other business, trustees:

• considered a Level III complaint by Danny and Kimberly Vernor. The board’s decision was to uphold the administrative decision.

• unanimously approved the assessment calendar for 2013-2014 school year.

• unanimously approved local PDAS appraisers and appraisal calendar.

• unanimously approved a resolution regarding Ellis County 4-H program and appointing Ellis County Extension agents as adjunct staff members.

• unanimously approved adoption of Student Code of Conduct for 2013-2014 school year