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By Marc Robertson
The Cotulla ISD Board of Trustees held a special meeting Wednesday, March 10, to name the sole finalist for the position of superintendent who is expected to take the job upon the retirement this summer of Dr. Jack Seals.
A legally mandated 21-day waiting period is now underway, before the school board will formally hire Ruben Cervantes for the leadership position.
Cervantes has served as the superintendent for Dell City ISD since 2018.
Cotulla ISD trustees had narrowed their search for a new superintendent to six applicants last month and then invited three to return for a second interview. Cervantes was picked as their first choice last week. The search and the hiring process involved Cotulla ISD’s use of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services to help identify potential candidates for the job. TASB consultants created an online questionnaire in order to receive feedback from staff and community members on the leadership qualities they would require of the new superintendent.
“The profile developed from those meetings was the yardstick used by the board and consultants in evaluating the applicants for the position,” the district administration wrote in a prepared statement on last week’s announcement.
The school board is scheduled to vote on whether to offer Cervantes a contract on April 1.
Supt. Seals announced at the end of 2020 that he was planning to retire after a career of more than 30 years in school district administration. Twenty of those years were spent as superintendent of Dilley ISD, and the past decade at Cotulla. He is expected to fulfill his current contract and serve through June 30.