Eight months ago, Dr. Bonny Cain was named the Waxahachie ISD interim superintendent. She was tasked with learning the ins-and-outs of a district amid a population boom and a community experiencing the same.

And she loved it.

Cain will soon call Waxahachie home following a unanimous vote by the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees to name her the lone finalist as the next superintendent of schools.

"This board has spent many, many hours interviewing people from all over the nation," said board president Dusty Autrey during the specially called meeting on Thursday inside the WISD board room. "It is not something we chose lightly and was not an easy decision."

A few moments after the position was voted on by the board, Cain thanked God for bringing her to Waxahachie and for the opportunity to work with the community.

"This just seemed to be the right place to be," Cain said after the meeting. "It is a great community, and it's so welcoming, and it's not like working. Everyone is so helpful, and the teachers are so good and on board with going to the next level on everything."

"Waxahachie is the best-kept secret in Texas," she added.

Cain plans to purchase a house in Waxahachie and would like to attend a variety of churches with board members to get a feel for the church community and find a new church home. She intends to live within the district lines in a neighborhood with plenty of paved walking space for her evening walks.

"I would like to leave here signing the contract and go sign on a house," Cain added.

Cain has served as the interim superintendent since Sept. 2, 2018, and did not have a single initial thought to eventually serve as the superintendent.

After the called meeting, Autrey expressed the importance to name the lone finalist before the May 4 joint election, which has two WISD trustee positions listed on the ballot and four candidates vying for the two seats. Autrey is the lone current board member running for reelection. He is joined by hopefuls Debbie Timmermann, Edith Finley and James Villarreal.

"There are seven of us," Autrey stated. "We are the ones who went through the interview process from beginning to end, and we know we are going to have one new board member, and possibly two after Saturday. This seven needed to name the superintendent."

The board utilized the superintendent search firm, Ray & Associates, to conduct the initial search and help trustees narrow down the 86 candidates.

On April 11, the board, Cain and three consultants from the search firm narrowed down 12 applicants to five and conducted face-to-face interviews with those individuals on April 15.

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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