ITALY — Italy ISD Superintendent Dr. Gail Haterius has been named lone finalist for superintendent at the Clyde ISD.

“I hate leaving right now,” Haterius said. “We have a great team assembled with coach (Buddy) Griffin, the principals (Carolyn Maevers and Scott Herald), Speed Hamby, our director of special programs Pam Luttrull, our teachers and administrative staff. I hate not being here to see them succeed.

“My goal, all along, has been to develop policies and procedures in order for the Italy ISD to run effectively no matter who is here. We now have the policies in place. It will just need some fine tuning, but we’ve done it,” she said. “We’ve gone from a substandard financially rated school to a superior rated school district. I want to compliment the board and all the employees, especially the administrative and district level team. One person can’t do this, it takes everybody working together to make things work.”

She continued, “I do wish I had another year to impact the academics. We have great kids here.”

Haterius, who has been superintendent in the Italy ISD since December 2005, said she applied for the superintendent’s position with the Clyde ISD this summer for family reasons.

“My husband commutes weekly to Abilene. Clyde, a 3-A school district, is 10 minutes from Abilene where my husband works,” she said.

Her three sons and daughter-in-law live in Lubbock, and the travel time for visits will be reduced from seven hours to two-and-a-half hours.

Haterius will continue with the Italy ISD until mid-August.

“I’d like to say thank you to the people here,” Haterius said. “We’ve got a great school and our kids deserve the best school system we can give them.”