Waxahachie ISD is inching closer toward to hire of the district’s next superintendent.

The Board of Trustees gathered in the WISD Administration Building for five hours on Thursday to study 12 applications for the vacancy.

The board, WISD interim superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain and three consultants from the search firm, Ray & Associates, narrowed down the candidates to five individuals.

“All of them are either from Texas or have Texas ties,” WISD Board President Dusty Autrey told the Daily Light over the phone.

Autrey noted some of the candidates are currently sitting superintendents and some are not.

Before Thursday, the search firm narrowed the 86 total applicants to 12.

Face-to-face interviews will take place Monday with about an hour to an hour and a half allotted to each interviewee. Autrey estimated the board would dedicate at least eight hours to this process.

At least one more round of interviews after Monday will take place, and Autrey expected to have the lone finalist named by the last week in April.

“We will not name the lone finalist until we reach a contract agreement with them,” Autrey said.

Out of the six trustees, Dr. Joe Langley is the only trustee to have been previously involved with the hire of a superintendent. In fact, this is his fourth opportunity. A WISD spokesperson confirmed he was involved in the hire of James Wilcox (2005), Tom Collins (2007), and Dr. Jeremy Glenn (2013).

Glenn served as the previous superintendent of WISD from December 2013 until August 2018. He resigned his post and accepted the same position for Granbury ISD.

Historical information from WISD does not detail the exact number of superintendents that have served but estimated that it is in the neighborhood of 15.

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