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Shepherd ISD picks lone finalist for superintendent

July 2, 2017 GMT

A lone finalist has been named in the search for a superintendent for Shepherd ISD with Rick Hartley selected to replace Steve Pierce.

The search for a new superintendent began in early June with eight candidates in the initial running. The school board’s second round of interviewing began on June 17 between the final two candidates.

Hartley is coming from Waco ISD where he has spent 18 years in that district.

“I’ve been an administrator in cabinet for four and a half years,” he said.

Hartley has also spent time in Waco ISD as a teacher, an instructional specialist and also a principal for one of the middle school campuses. He also has 11 years of experience in the schools located in San Diego, Calif.

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Shepherd ISD and its respective city have proven to be intriguing to Hartley, who says he and his family are currently trying to get familiar with the location.

“I saw that it was actually a pretty good fit with my experience with Waco ISD,” he said.

Hartley elaborated that the experiences in question revolve around his four years spent as the principal for one of the Waco ISD middle school campuses. According to Hartley, there were six campuses at the time he served as principal.

“I have a lot of experience working with families with limited resources,” said Hartley. “In four years I turned my middle school campus from struggling to become the highest performing middle school in Waco.”

One of Hartley’s philosophies is to expand on helping students beyond the confines of a school district.

“It takes more than just a teacher in the classroom to make that happen,” he said.

Hartley hopes to address the Shepherd ISD district’s accountability ratings.

“We have an Improvement Required campus,” he said.

The Shepherd Primary and Intermediate campuses were ranked as Improvement Required in the 2015-2016 Texas Education Agency accountability ratings.

“We need to take a look at what’s going on in the classroom,” said Hartley. “I want to make sure that they have everything they need for their particular craft.”

Hartley says this applies not only to teachers but also to administration.

“We need to work diligently and targeted,” he said.

The hire date for Hartley is July 10.