Clark Ealy, who has been with the College Station school district for almost 20 years, has been named the lone finalist for a superintendent position in the San Antonio area.
According to an email sent to district staff Thursday evening, Ealy announced he has been named the lone finalist to serve as superintendent of the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City district.
“I will always look back fondly at the successes we have had over the last two decades,” the email stated. “I am proud of the work we have done to implement a comprehensive curriculum that is now informed by a quality assessment system.
“ I remain amazed that through the rapid expansion of building five schools in five years we never forgot who we were as a district nor our commitment to Success … Each Life, Each Day, Each Hour,” the email continued. “Most of all, I am proud of the board’s, the community’s and the district’s belief that CSISD students are more than just a test score, and that we backed that belief up with the development of a community-based accountability system.”
In a statement, College Station School Board President Michael Schaefer praised Ealy on behalf of the board.
“As a collective board, we are extremely grateful for the leadership provided by Dr. Ealy in his 20 years at College Station ISD," the statement read.
"In his six years as the superintendent, he has expertly led this district in its transition from a smaller district to a larger district with 19 campuses and almost 14,000 students," the statement continued. "Even with all the change, the focus from Dr. Ealy and his staff has remained on ensuring our students continue to perform at the highest levels in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities.
"College Station ISD is in a great place -- both academically and financially -- and we are very excited about the direction in which the district is headed.”
According to the email, once Ealy’s hire is official in early January, the College Station school board will finalize the process to choose the next superintendent.
“The board has begun preliminary discussions as to our next steps," said Schaefer in a statement.
"A 21-day waiting period is mandatory between being named lone finalist and officially becoming superintendent," the statement continued. " After Dr. Ealy is officially hired by Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD we will finalize the process of finding the best candidate to lead our district.”
A release posted to the Schertz-Cibolo-University City ISD website states seven applicants were interviewed for the position, with three invited back for second interviews. After the second round of interviews, trustees visited College Station ISD. The vote to offer a contract to Ealy is scheduled for Jan. 7.