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Pilot Point school board chooses new superintendent

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

PILOT POINT — The Pilot Point school board selected Byron Terrier of the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District as its lone finalist for the superintendent job.

Board members voted 6-0 on the selection after meeting for just under 30 minutes at a special board meeting Monday. According to state law, the board must wait at least 21 days before it can officially hire Terrier.

The 43-year-old administrator said he’s excited about becoming Pilot Point’s next superintendent.

“I believe the school board has a vision of excellence, and I’m just excited as I can be and to be a part of the team there in [the] Pilot Point Independent School District,” he said.

Terrier will succeed Glenn Barber, who intends to step down Aug. 30 after nearly six years as superintendent. Board members said they will be working the next three weeks to determine a plan for transitioning from Barber to Terrier.

Terrier serves as deputy superintendent of administrative services with Goose Creek Consolidated, a district of nearly 22,000 students in Baytown. Prior to that, he served as superintendent with the Buna school district in East Texas, according to his resume.

He’s also served as an assistant superintendent, high school, junior high and elementary principal, athletic director and a high school science teacher. Terrier earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, a master’s in education administration, a superintendent certification and a doctorate degree in educational leadership, all from Lamar University in Beaumont.

He said he intends to bring experience working in Buna, a district similar in size to Pilot Point, the curriculum and instruction knowledge and work in Goose Creek on growth plans, including a school bond project, to his new role in Pilot Point.

“I feel like I bring a wealth of experience in all facets of education,” he said.

Melinda Street, school board president, called Terrier’s selection “awesome.”

“He has a spark in him that I was excited to see and excited to see for our district,” she said. “I’m very excited to be working with him.”

Nearly 70 people applied for the job.

Street said five candidates were interviewed over the course of three weeks including one internal candidate.

She said board members used criteria outlined in a superintendent search profile survey, in which district staff, students, parents, the school board and local residents participated a few months back to develop 21 questions, which each candidate was asked. The board, Street said, looked for someone who had experience working in a district similar to Pilot Point and for qualities that would help improve the district and help as it prepares for future growth.

The candidates were interviewed in Pilot Point, she said, and those invited back for lengthy second interviews were asked to bring their families, spend time in the city and get to know the board and Pilot Point.

The board, she said, named a finalist April 6, but the candidate declined the offer within 24 hours of the action because of family reasons.

In interviews with the district, Street said Terrier expressed an interest in returning to a district the size of Pilot Point so that he could be more involved with the students and staff.

She said what impressed her was his response when asked by a board member how he would define success. His response, she said, was: “Opportunities that you provide the kids.” Street said it was evident that he was a team player and enthusiastic.

“It was a theme throughout his interview[s] — striving to create excellence for the students,” she said.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.