A little less than a year after she was hired as a permanent superintendent, the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new contract for Dr. Bonny Cain at a special meeting on Wednesday evening.


Terms of the contract were not disclosed following a 90-minute executive session. But according to the Texas Education Agency as of last October, Cain was being paid a base annual salary of $215,000.


When the board reconvened in open session, trustee Judd McCutchen made the motion and trustee John Rodgers seconded it, and the board voted 7-0 to approve the contract.


Cain was named WISD superintendent in August 2018 on an interim basis, and was hired full-time by the WISD board in May 2019.


"This just seemed to be the right place to be," Cain said after the May meeting in which she was named the lone finalist for the job. "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 retired from Waco ISD in 2017 after serving for six years as superintendent there. Before that, she served in various administrative roles for 25 years within Pearland ISD, which included 11 years as the superintendent (2000-2011).


She earned a doctorate of education from the University of Houston in addition to her two master’s degrees, and began her career in education in 1977 as a second-grade self-contained teacher in Bay City ISD.


Throughout her career, she has served on a number of state-level educational organization boards, including the Texas School Alliance, the State Board for Educator Certification, the Texas Middle School Association, and the Texas Academic Decathlon Organization.