Superintendent finalist named for Alvin ISD
After a five months search, Alvin ISD trustees have selected Carol Nelson as the lone finalist to be superintendent of the growing school district.
Trustees announced Nelson, the district’s associate superintendent of human resources, as the finalist at a April 8 board meeting.
“For the past 23 years, I have been honored to serve as an educator in Alvin ISD,” said Nelson, 53. “ I look forward to working with our community, our staff, and with the Alvin ISD Board of Trustees as we look toward the future.”
By law, the board must wait 21 days before making the hiring official. Board members are scheduled to vote to offer a contract on April 30.
“During the interview process, it was obvious that Mrs. Nelson was uniquely qualified to lead this district in to the future,” board president Nicole Tonini said. “She truly believes that Alvin ISD is a vision driven organization that will continue to focus on serving each student as an individual.”
Nelson is poised to assume leadership of a district in which surging enrollment has led to plans for a fourth high school to be built in Iowa Colony. The district predicts that enrollment will reach 27,000 by the next school year.
Nelson graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and obtained a master’s degree in education from the same university. She also has experience as a classroom teacher, campus librarian, assistant principal and principal.
She and her husband, Bill, have three children, Emily, Rob and Katie.
“Alvin ISD has played a huge roll in the life of my family,” Carol Nelson said. “My three children and my husband graduated from this district and it is truly an honor for me to be able to serve the district that has played a huge role in our lives.
“I’ve witnessed first-hand the value that this district brings to our community and I’m looking forward to working with our faculty and staff as we strive to provide our students with the best possible educational experience.”
The school district’s previous superintendent, Buck Gilcrease, who had served in the post since 2014, announced his retirement from public education in November. His annual salary was $268,000.