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Lone finalist named to fill Kennedys vacancy

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

MIDLOTHIAN – Dr. Jerome Stewart was unanimously named as the lone finalist for the Midlothian Independent School District Superintendent.

Robin Bullock has served as Interim Superintendent in the district since January 1 when Dr. J.D. Kennedy resigned to become the Superintendent for McKinney ISD.

Currently employed with Canton ISD as the superintendent since 2005, Stewart has 23 years experience as an educator.

Stewart earned a Master of Science in Education from Drake University in Iowa and Doctor of Educational Administration from Baylor University while receiving his mid-management and superintendent certifications from West Texas A&M University.

"We look forward to working with Dr. Stewart as our next Superintendent," said School Board President Phil Seay.

"His characteristics reflect those indicated by our community, staff, and board as top qualities for our superintendent. He clearly demonstrates ethical and moral leadership, strong communication skills and a passion for the community and its students."

Stewart and his wife Raquel have four children. Elliott is an Army veteran and plans to earn a doctorate in medicine. Gabriel is currently a Texas National Guard soldier and a math major at UT Austin. Eric recently concluded his second tour overseas as an Army Ranger. Jennifer is a senior at Canton High School and plans to attend the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.

"I am blessed to be the MISD superintendent lone finalist in such a great district and wonderful community," said Stewart.

Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Stewart as the lone finalist for the Midlothian ISD Superintendent of Schools in a special called meeting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10.

Conducting the search was Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston, a legal group approved by the MISD board.

The state requires a 21-day waiting period before an agreement can be finalized and a contract can be negotiated.

Dr. Stewart’s official targeted start date is June 1.


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