The Amarillo Independent School District’s Board of Trustees officially named a lone finalist for superintendent on Monday, but some people have expressed reservations about the selection process.
On Wednesday, KAMR Local 4 News sat down with Board President Scott Flow to learn more about the finalist, Doug Loomis, and why the board chose him.
One of the problems people seemed to have with the selection process was that the application pool was limited to internal candidates. Some say this neglects other potential candidates outside of AISD, but the board is confident with its selection.
Part of what went into this decision was the fact that the district is currently in the middle of a $100 million bond project. They wanted someone who knows the district inside and out, which is why it was limited to those already employeed within the district.
Loomis has been working for the district for more than 30 years. He started as a teacher and eventually worked his way into administration roles, including most recently, as interim superintendent.
“Mr. Loomis has been in these schools, he knows the challenges with these schools in terms of their infrastructure and the safety issues and infrastructure issues, he’s been in these schools he knows the administrators so we feel like it’s really important to have someone who knows the district,” Flow said.
Another issue people have is the timing of the decision, with four board positions up for election in May.
Those on the ballot for those positions this May will be Jim Austin and John Betancourt, both incumbents.
Also on the ballot will be Kimberly Anderson and Hobert Brown, Jr., Alonzo Everhart, Dick Ford, Aaron Ladd and Rob Parker.
But, Flow said the current board has years of experience and thinks they have the right team in place to make the decision about who the next superintendent should be.
The announcement of Loomis being the lone finalist is just step one of the process. The decision will be posted for 21 days. Then, the board will get back together for a final vote in order for Loomis to officially be hired as superintendent.