Robert Bostic, the Denton school district’s assistant superintendent for academic programs, is the lone finalist for the Stafford Municipal School District superintendent job.
The Stafford school board unanimously named Bostic its lone finalist April 16, and by state law must wait 21 days before formally hiring him to the position.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to help serve more kids,” Bostic said Thursday. “It will be a great leadership career opportunity for me and my family.”
According to its website, the district has an enrollment of more than 3,200 students and is located in Fort Bend County south of Houston. It is the only municipal school district in the state, according to the site.
Once Bostic is officially hired as superintendent, as expected, he will replace Lance Hindt, who started work as superintendent with the Allen school district in March. Don Hooper has served as interim superintendent since March.
“He is fantastic,” Denton Superintendent Jamie Wilson said of Bostic. “Dr. Bostic, it’s a great opportunity for him for the advancement of his career. He has brought so much to our school district in his time here, and I’m confident the things he has learned from our community, he will take with him to Stafford.”
Bostic, 44, joined the Denton district in 2009 as director of instructional technology. He went on to become the district’s director of school leadership, and in 2012, he was named assistant superintendent for academic programs. In his time with Denton schools, Bostic has formed a competitive robotics league, Denton I-Bot, and five years ago founded the Technology Integration Academy, a technology conference held in Denton in the summer that last year drew 1,200 participants from Texas and surrounding states.
In his more than 20-year career as an educator, Bostic, a native of Oklahoma, has served as a principal in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch and Richardson school districts and as an assistant principal and first- and fifth-grade teacher in Oklahoma City.
He received his superintendent’s certification in 2011 and last December completed his studies for his doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of North Texas. Bostic said he will be hooded on May 9.
He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Langston University in Oklahoma, and a master’s in school administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Russell Marshall, of Arrow Educational Services Inc., the Henderson-based company that conducted the superintendent search for the Stafford school district, said about 40 people applied for the position and seven candidates were interviewed. He called Bostic a “superstar in educational services.”
“He’s got it all. He’s built a good foundation,” Marshall said. “He’s built himself up in the principal ranks. They interviewed some very quality candidates, but he came to the top unanimously.”
Attempts to reach Ed Castillo, Stafford school board president, and other district officials were unsuccessful Thursday.
Bostic said what appealed to him about the Stafford job was the district’s “longevity, vision and plan,” which mirror “some of the great things going on in Denton.” He said the district offers great programs and history. His daughter also attends college in southeast Texas, so the move will bring his family into closer proximity, Bostic said.
The Stafford school district is planning a meet-and-greet for Bostic on Tuesday.
“I’ve really appreciated all the opportunities I’ve had here in Denton,” Bostic said. “This is truly a family up here, but [Stafford] seems like they’re a family as well and they’ve invited me to join.”
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.