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After more than three years without a permanent superintendent, the Houston the school district has selected only one finalist for the position.
The school board announced that he appointed Millard House to lead the district. He succeeds Grenita Lathan, who since 2018 has been acting superintendent of the 209,000-student school system, the seventh in the United States.
House now serves in the highest administrative post of the Clarksville-Montgomery (Tenn.) school district – director of schools.
“I am thrilled to join Houston ISD and look forward to building on the strengths of the district and expanding educational opportunities for all students,” House said. The board will officially vote on the position at its June meeting. Pending approval, after the 21-day period expires, House will begin his role as Superintendent in June 2021.
Texas law requires school boards to notify the public of a superintendent’s finalists and wait at least 21 days before making the final decision to hire a finalist.
“As we get back on our feet after a difficult year navigating the pandemic, this is an opportunity to start from scratch and lay the groundwork for the important decisions and strategies that we will need to implement to deal with the loss of learning and the mental and emotional toll our students and staff went through, ”said Patricia Allen, president of the Houston School Board. “I am proud that our new superintendent is inheriting a passionate, diverse and resilient team that is focused on investing in the whole child.”
Houston has been without a permanent principal since 2018, when Richard Carranza left the district to become chancellor of the New York City school system, the largest in the country. Lathan was acting superintendent for three years. She announced earlier this year that she was leaving Houston to become District Superintendent of Springfield (Mo.).
Youtube video: Millard House Press Conference (Houston School District):